Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships Aug 14

Happy Tuesday, mechadragons! Jenn boarded a spaceship to Fairy Land, so I, Sharifah, am here in her stead, making sure the potion doesn’t burn in the cauldron. Today, we’ve got two Older books (as in DJ and Malka), She-Ra reboot news, and books from my SFF nightstand.

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“Unstable Atom! Did I, Kiran McVarras, study in the most prestigious University of Space Travel only to be taken to my homeland for breeding new warriors for my father’s clan?!” But Kiran is not just a daughter of the Great Warrior of Aygor; she is a cadet! And she will not surrender!

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In adaptations, book news, and new releases:

Alright, so this isn’t really adaptation news, since the comics came after the cartoon, but there’s no way I’m leaving out the teaser trailer for Noelle Stevenson’s (Nimona!) She-Ra reboot. I cannot be the only 80s kid squeeing over this upcoming Netflix series (all episodes available November 16). Adooooraaa!

The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert went on an Holmesian journey to break down how Chance the Rapper’s “Favorite Song” featuring Childish Gambino is related to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Namely, how it has a rhythm scheme that matches The Song of Eärendil. :Cue applause:

A sci-fi fan won a Wales bookstore in a raffle. Two questions: what sci-fi (I assume) books did he spend the £20 on to be entered into the raffle, and does he need some SFF recommendations for those spiffy new-to-him shelves in exchange for honorary co-ownership?

Daniel José Older and Malka Older both have new books out this week! Malka concludes the The Centenal Cycle that began with Infomocracy with the third book in the cyberpunk trilogy, State Tectonics. And Daniel José brings us a Civil War story with dinosaurs and kids of color in Dactyl Hill Squad.

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And here are the SFF books I’ve had on my nightstand recently:

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White: This one’s an old favorite with lots of memories attached…except the memory of the actual story. I’m breaking character by rereading this magical tale about an orphan (I know, but wait!) who stumbles upon Lilliputians.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud: I cannot wait to dig into this feminist YA science fantasy debut set in a Morocco-inspired kingdom. The next time I need to take on a princesses in space theme, I’ll be ready.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: Because so many people said they loved Novik’s new fantasy as much, if not more than, Uprooted, I had to get my hands on this book. I am loving the strong, complicated women in this story. Novik is a master weaver, connecting numerous threads to create a gorgeous work of art.

Suicide Club: A Novel About Living by Rachel Heng: I’m loving the wealth of literature we’re getting from Singaporean authors lately. Heng brings us a science fiction about rebels rejecting the pursuit of immortality in a future world where death is illegal. Intriguing.


Until next time. If you’re interested in more science fiction and fantasy talk, you can catch me and Jenn on the SFF Yeah! podcast. And say hello on Instagram!

Forever cackling,