Swords and Spaceships

A World Where Nothing Needs to Make Sense

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with your last selection of new releases for February in this year, 2022. I am still honestly blown away by how gorgeous the cover is for The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea. We’re having another February cold snap in Colorado, so I’m curling up with a cat on either side of me and a book in my hands. Stay safe–and warm–out there space pirates, and I will 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

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New Releases

Cover of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Mina’s homeland has been torn by war and washed with brutal floods for generations. In an attempt to appease the Sea God, her people throw a beautiful maiden into the sea once a year to be his bride. The most beautiful girl in Mina’s village, Shim Cheong, is chosen to be this year’s sacrifice… but that’s the beloved of Mina’s brother. In order to save them both, Minna throws herself into the sea in Cheong’s place. The water sweeps her to the Spirit Realm, and there her adventure has only just begun.

cover image for Tripping Arcadia

Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist

Lena is a med school dropout desperate for any job she can find to help her family out of dire financial straits. When she’s offered a position by one of Boston’s most elite families, she can’t possibly say no, even if the description of the position is vague and frankly bizarre. She’s to be the assistant to the family doctor and the sickly, drunken heir that he cares for by day. At night, she quickly discovers there is something strange and very sinister about this family… and that they are responsible for the ruin of her own.

Cover of Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman

Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman

Sol is an archivist with a terrible secret: he suffers from an illness known as vampirism. Being an archivist is a good career choice for him, since he can hide from the sun in his basement office. But when he meets Elsie, the widow of a somewhat famous television writer who is trying to donate her late wife’s papers, there’s a spark between them that will quickly bloom into love.

Cover of Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

Joan is a monster, from a family of monsters, each of them with terrifying powers that they must carefully keep secret. And then she finds out that the cute boy she’s just met at her work is a monster slayer, and he’s hunting for her family. Jess must embrace her own monstrous nature if she wants to protect her family… because monsters don’t get happy endings.

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News and Views

Sarah Gailey: On Trauma-Informed Writing

Stranger Things is getting a fifth season

Interview with Steven H Silver (about alternate history!)

How Lewis Carroll Built a World Where Nothing Needs to Make Sense

Astronomy, sci-fi, and the roots of the space economy: my long-read Q&A with Alex MacDonald

What will California’s coast look like in 100 years?

On Book Riot

There’s still time for you to register to win a copy of Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi!

12 Fascinating Near-Future Science Fiction Books

Time Traveling Books: Historical Fiction or Speculative Fiction?

Delectable YA Fantasy Duologies

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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.