Swords and Spaceships

Congratulations To the Winners of the 2021 Stabby Awards!

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’ve got another round of new releases for you to check out–there’s a lot coming out this week! I hope everyone had a great weekend, whether you were looking at Super Owls or not. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process

New Releases

cover of Mickey7 by Edward Ashton, image of astronaut floating in space next to a giant number 7

Mickey7 by Edward Ashton

There was only one position available when Mickey joined the colonial expedition, so he took it, since it had to be better than nothing. Now, knowing that it involves going on all of the dangerous, suicidal missions the rest of the crew doesn’t want to deal with, he’s starting to doubt his choice. Every time he dies, a new body is generated for him, one with most of his memories. When the seventh version of him goes missing on a scouting mission, the crew wastes no time making a Mickey8… but then Mickey7 returns alive and well. And there can be only one iteration of an expendable at a time. The other is destined for the recycler.

The Thousand Eyes by A.K. Larkwood

Sequel to The Unspoken Name. Two years after escaping into the unknown, Csorwe and Shuthmili have new lives and a new profession: hunting for magical secrets. And they’ve allowed Tal Charossa to tag along, even. But when an expedition goes wrong and they find themselves hunted by a new enemy, it brings them right back to Belthandros Sethennai. Because the enemy of your enemy is… less of an enemy, perhaps.

the cover image of Reclaim the Stars

Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms and Space edited by Zoraida Córdova

This is an anthology of stories about the Latin American diaspora that ranges from a magical now to a far future, from Earth to other planets to fantastical realms. It features stories by: Vita Ayala, J.C. Cervantes, Zoraida Córdova, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Daniel José Older, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro and Lilliam Rivera, and more!

Dark Breakers by C.S.E. Cooney

Dark Breakers is a story collection from World Fantasy Award-winning author C.S.E. Cooney that contains five stories, three of which have never before been published. The common thread is the veil between worlds, the gentry, and their crossing into the human realm.

Moon Witch, Spider King book cover

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

In the previous book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Tracker and the Moon Witch Sogolon clashed in a mythical African landscape, brought into opposition by the disappearance of a mysterious boy. Now it’s time for Sogolon to tell her story–and that of a century-long feud with the chancellor fo the king.

Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham

An ancient trade center named Kithmar is home to many people and each has a unique story to tell. Alys is a petty thief from the slums; when her brother is murdered, she sets out to find his killer and answer the most difficult of questions: why? The deeper she delves into his life, however, the more she learns about herself, and the more she might wish to forget.

the cover of bitter by akwaeki emezi

Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

The city of Lucille is a place divided by many deep injustices, and people are beginning to wake to that and protest it. But Bitter, who has lived her life in foster care, is just happy to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special arts school where she can focus on her painting. The new friends she’s made are interested in the justice movement, while all she wants to do is work on her art and find romance. Can she find a way to take part in the revolution and remain true to herself?

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News and Views

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Stabby Awards! reveals Africa Risen, a new anthology of African and Afro-diasporic SFF

Teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and here’s a Vanity Fair article about the series, with a bunch of “first look” pictures

John Williams, Hollywood’s Maestro, Looks Beyond Movies

Finding True Love With The Last Unicorn

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