Swords and Spaceships

Short Bites of SFF

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, coming in off a holiday weekend and…attempting to recover from it. Thus, I have focused today’s new releases and recommendations on anthologies, since short bites of fiction seem the best way to ease into life after a holiday. Also, I want to bring your attention to this Kickstarter, Embroidered Worlds: Fantastic Fiction from Ukraine and the Diaspora. That’s all from me for today — stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

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Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s two places to start: Maui Aloha: The People’s Response, which sends support to those affected by the wildfires on Maui, particularly first responders; and Entertainment Community Fund, which supports entertainment workers who are striking for living wages and a future where humans can continue to create art for each other.

Bookish Goods

Xenomorph movie plot replica

Xenomorph-in-a-Jar Movie Prop Replica by SUstudios

These prop replicas based on the xenomorphs from Alien (which has also had books written about it!) look cool and could double as a bedside reading lamp if you would like to never sleep again. $35

New Releases

Cover of Night of the Living Queers

Night of the Living Queers: 13 Tales of Terror and Delight edited by Shelly Page and Alex Brown

This queer horror anthology features writers of color putting a new spin on classic tropes. Authors include Shelly Page, Em Liu, Vanessa Montalban, Tara Sim, and more!

Cover of The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Seven

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Seven edited by Neil Clarke

This is Neil Clarke’s seventh entry in his anthologies of cutting-edge science fiction, curated from everything that’s been published in the last year. Authors include Aliette de Bodard, Ken Liu, Hannu Rajaniemi, Tade Thompson, and more!

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

Riot Recommendations

Since today is anthology day, here are two more anthologies to check out!

Cover of Far Out edited by Paula Guran

Far Out: Recent Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Paula Guran

This anthology seeks to cover the rainbow of queer identity with its selections, as well as the full range of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Stories by Tamsyn Muir, Nino Cipri, Nalo Hopkinson, Neon Yang, Amal El-Mohtar, and many more!

cover of Long Hidden edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

This is an alternate history anthology composed of speculative stories that are set between 1400 and the early 1900s, focused on marginalized people. Authors include Sofia Samatar, Tananarive Due, Nghi Vo, and Troy L. Wiggins!

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.