Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships for February 16

Happy Tuesday, shipmates–and 恭喜發財! It’s Alex with some new releases for the week, and some news items to check out. I sure hope everyone managed to stay warm over the weekend! This is around the time we normally get what we call “Stock Show Weather” in Colorado–it gets super cold and it’s about the time the National Western Stock Show happens, though it’s not this year thanks to the pandemic. But we usually don’t see the rest of the US joining us! May your pipes have remained unburst and your plants have survived. Have a hot drink, stay bundled up, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Thing that made me smile: Taika Waititi wishes us a Happy Valentines Day (And if you’re a Destiny player, happy Year of the Ox!)

Let’s make 2021 better than 2020. A good place to start? The Okra Project and

New Releases

The Memory Theater by Karin Tidbeck

In the parallel world of the Gardens, a select group of masters rule their decadent paradise with cruel glee, punishing the teenagers who serve them for growing up. Dora and Thistle try to flee, traveling through time and space and dipping into our world to find the person who can grant their freedom.

The Black Coast by Mike Brooks

When the people of the Black Keep see sails on the horizons, they know this is the day they’ve been preparing for: when the clanspeople of Tjakorsha will invade. But the force of riders on war dragons they send meets not invaders, but refugees fleeing a despot who is trying to bring about the end of the world.

Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron

After years of wishing for magic, Arrah finally has exactly what she wanted… but at the price of a shattered family and a kingdom falling apart. As the last witch doctor, she must try to hold all of these things together while searching for survivors of the demon attack. But worse, the demon king wants Arrah, and he will destroy everyone and anything standing in his way.

The Swimmers by Marian Womack

Near future Earth is a place of deep jungles and monstrously transformed animals, with the surviving humans divided between the dangerous surface and a ring that orbits at the edge of the atmosphere. Pearl is a young techie who lives among the jungle but is promised to a man in the orbiting settlement. (I have seen this pitched as a reimagining of Wide Sargasso Sea and I am fascinated.)

Soulstar by C.L. Polk

Robin Thorpe has hidden her magic for years to avoid imprisonment by the state. But times are changing; freed witches are flooding the streets and returning to the families robbed of them. Robin has a chance to push for an Aeland that is more free and just for all–and then her childhood love who vanished into one of the witch asylums twenty years ago returns.

News and Views

A movie is being made from Elizabeth Bear’s short story Dolly

The Gilded Ones has been optioned for film as well!

The TOC for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 2 has been revealed

Alex Kingston has written a novel about River Song

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw on the complicated history of Marvel whitewashing Scarlet Witch

On the Connection Between Chinese Folktales and American Comic Book Heroes

Adante Watts made a short film for SyFy about the struggle to get Black movies or TV shows greenlit

Cora Buhlert has a round-up of Indie Valentine’s Day speculative fiction

Disney has killed the production of Nimona (among other films) by closing Blue Sky Studios

Zawe Ashton has been cast as the villain for Captain Marvel 2, though no word on who she’s playing

Stonehenge might have original stood in Wales before being moved to a site 150 miles away

The Science Behind Transparent Aluminum on Star Trek

On Book Riot

This month you can enter to win $100 at a bookstore of your choice, a bundle of YA books plus a $250 Visa gift card, and/or a Kindle Paperwhite. And only for Canadian Rioters, a $100 Indigo gift card.

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.