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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-916459-8
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 180 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-916460-4
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 180 pages
  • Keywords
    • short story collection,
    • speculative fiction,
    • speculative short stories,
    • science fiction short stories,
    • literary fiction,
    • Canadian fiction,
    • refugee stories

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Compassion Fatigue
...and Other Stories of the Indecent Past, Weird Present, and Feared Future
by Humberto da Silva

A father comforts his young son, hoping against hope their last little island of the Azorean archipelago won’t be strip mined by the Singularity. A couple choose a cheap upload for the consciousness of their young daughter who is dying from a disease they can’t afford to cure. A tourist doing yoga on a Canary Island beach watches the distance diminish between himself and the African refugees landing on a European shore. A soldier is debriefed after witnessing unimaginable violence ending in an encounter with a mythical being. Humberto da Silva’s prophetic, disturbingly realized stories remind us of the bizarre, disorienting, and occasionally horrifying nature of life in the recent past, the weird present, and the fearful future. Humans are adaptable, love is enduring, but it will get weird. Compassion Fatigue is an unnerving, and occasionally funny, collection of speculative fiction.

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Humberto da Silva’s work has published in Our Times, THIS Magazine, OnSpec, and Rampike. His story “Compassion Fatigue” was included in Best Canadian Short Stories (Oberon Press, 1992). He has flown millions of miles and visited world capitals, tourist resorts, and war zones, managing to retain his sense of humour along the way. Humberto da Silva was a frontline worker in the aviation industry for 20 years, flying over six million miles to tourist traps, disaster areas, and war zones. Since 2002 he worked as a national representative for a Canadian labour union. Humberto da Silva lives in Toronto’s East End with his wife Lina and their black cat Montie. Facebook/Instagram: Humberto da Silva Twitter: @SINDICALISTA_TV


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