Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships for December 11: A Celebration of Standalones

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex with some news and so many books that I am just going to keep this brief. Stay safe, have a great weekend, and I will see you on Tuesday!

Funny thing: If you are like me, this will make you laugh a lot.

News and Views

Cover reveal for Rivers Solomon’s upcoming novel, Sorrowland

And a cover reveal for Zen Cho’s next book, Black Water Sister

And how about a cover for The Hidden Palace: A Tale of the Golem and the Jinni

The Poppy War series is headed to TV

And so is Ring Shout!

Jason Sanford made a list of SFF Kickstarter campaigns if you want to spread a little holiday cheer and get future you a present.

I love this so much: The Galactic Federation interviews Earth for membership

ALA made a Baby Yoda poster and bookmark

A heartbreaking analysis of the footage from the collapse of Arecibo

NASA harvested radishes on the International Space Station

On Book Riot

On rereading The Wheel of Time series two decades later

Read these 10 books like The House in the Cerulean Sea

This month you can enter to win a $100 Books-A-Million Gift Card and a 1-year Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Free Association Friday: A Celebration of Standalones

Sometimes you just want a one-and-done book–and you’re in luck, because this year, a bunch of them came out! Here’s 18 for your holiday perusal:

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

In a world of magic where those who can bear children are barred from practicing, Beatrice longs to become a full-fledged magus while all her family wants is for her to marry well and save them from financial ruin.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Women fighting for access to the ballot box in 1893 turn to old magics–but there are those who still will not suffer a witch to live, let alone vote.

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

People can travel to parallel universes, but only the ones their doppelganger has already died in. Luckily for Cara, she’s dead in all but 8 of the worlds hers can reach.

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

A history of the near future about the ways humanity will have to learn to survive climate change–and hopefully thrive.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

An exploration of memory, knowledge, and communicaton built by a labyrinthine, endless house in which dwells Piranesi, who is beginning to realize that he’s not alone, and nothing is as it seems.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Noemí heads to an isolated village overseen by a rotting manor house to try to save her cousin from an outwardly charming but extremely sinister husband and his even creepier family. It’s classic gothic tropes examined with very new twists.

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

A young woman with psychic powers must decide what to do with her abilities as she watches her brother be incarcerated and suffer through it.

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

Three strangers build themselves a place of belonging and the family they lack across space and time–but all of them are pursued by pasts they cannot escape.

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

When Ellie’s cousin is murdered, she has to use all of her knowledge of the paranormal and her ability to summon the ghosts of animals to save the rest of her family–and break open a nasty secret festering in the heart of Texas.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

An all-female mission is heading out to explore a planet in the Goldilocks zone of another solar system–but then things begin going wrong on the ship and it might well be sabotage.

Repo Virtual by Corey J. White

In a city that partially exists in virtual spaces, a repo-man and sometimes thief is hired to steal an object from a tech billionare. When that object turns out to be the first sentient AI, he realizes he’s got trouble coming bigger than any possible paycheck.

Burning Roses by S.L. Huang

What if Red Riding Hood and Hou Yi the archer were old, retired, and lesbians? What if they were trying to forget the mistakes and traumas of their pasts? What if those pasts caught up with them?

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

In a future American Southwest where bandits and queer librarians fight against fascists, a girl stows away on a Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape an arranged marriage.

The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell

A scholar finds an unlikely ally in a younger prince in her quest to overthrow the utterly corrupt and cruel king.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Immanuelle is an outcast in the very puritanical (and cult-like) lands of Bethel–and those lands are about to be visited by the vengeance of witches murdered long ago, apparently called up by the rage of Immanuelle’s dead mother.

The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Two girls go out looking for monsters; one falls through a crack between parallel worlds. And that’s only the beginning–because the cracks are getting wider, and soon much larger, more extraordinary things will start falling through into our world.

Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston

An exiled old wizard has to hope again, even as the world falls apart around him and poisoned deserts spread.

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

A temp administrative assistant to super villains gets badly injured in a superhero attack. She gains her vengeance by collating the data on who else these so-called heroes have hurt and using it on social media.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.