Swords and Spaceships

The New Golden Age of Short SFF

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I have a couple more new releases for you and part two of recent indie SFF for your perusal. This time, it’s themed for those who love short stories. I know I tend to focus mostly on novels, honestly because I like novels best. But there’s so much good short fiction going on out there! We truly are in a new golden age of short SFF, so we should enjoy it. I hope y’all have a great weekend. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

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Bookish Goods

A brooch inspired by the Abhorsen Bells

Abhorsen Bandolier of Bells Brooch by HannahHitchman

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New Releases

Cover of The Water Outlaws by SL Huang

The Water Outlaws by S. L. Huang

Lin Chong has always believed in keeping her head down. She’s satisfied with her lot as an expert arms instructor for the Emperor’s soldiers. But when a powerful man with a vendetta strikes, she finds herself on the run from those she once trained and tattooed as a criminal. She’s recruited by the Liangshan Bandits, who are criminals and cutthroats but also profess a belief in justice for the downtrodden. And together, they might just bring down an empire.

Cover of Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz by Garth Nix

Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz by Garth Nix

This is a collection of stories (one of which is brand new) about Sire Hereward, the only male child to be produced by an ancient society of witches, and Mister Fitz, sorcerer and loremaster. Together, they have been godslayers; it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

As promised on Tuesday, here’s part two of recent indie SFF releases. Today I’ve got something for the short story-lovers out there!

Cover of A Practical Guide to Levitation by Jose Eduardo Agualusa

A Practical Guide to Levitation by José Eduardo Agualusa, translated by Daniel Hahn

This is a collection of short stories, translated into English for the first time, that tend toward the dryly humorous, surreal, and fantastic. Translator Daniel Hahn has been a longtime collaborator with José Agualusa, equal to translating his lyrical yet deeply weird prose.

Cover of Luminescent Machinations edited by Rhiannon Rasmussen and dave ring

Luminescent Machinations: Queer Tales of Monumental Invention edited by Rhiannon Rasmussen and dave ring

This anthology features 26 stories and poems — and a story game — all themed around queer mecha. Authors include Phoebe Barton, Violet Allen, Iori Kusano, Sam Yoo, Charles Payseur, and more!

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