Swords and Spaceships

Small Bites of SF/F

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’ve got new releases for you today, with half of them focused on short stories in case you’re in the mood for small bites. Whew, but it was one heck of a weekend here. Nine-plus inches of snow to shovel (RIP, me) and then thick fog! Ah well, as we like to say in Colorado, “We need the moisture.” May your weekend have been warmer, or at the least, may the plows have visited your street swiftly. 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 are two places to start: Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, which provides medical and humanitarian relief to children in the Middle East regardless of nationality, religion, or political affiliation; and Ernesto’s Sanctuary, a cat sanctuary and animal rescue in Syria that is near and dear to my heart.

Bookish Goods

Leather Book Harness

Leather Book Harness by FierceEagleLeather

These book holsters look very cool—a way to carry a book hanging from your belt, whether it’s what you’re reading, what you’re journaling in, or what you’re sketching in.

New Releases

infinity alchemist book cover

Infinity Alchemist by Kacen Callender

Ash wants to be one of the elite few legally allowed to study magic, but after his rejection by the Lancaster College of Alchemic Science, he takes his ambition underground by getting hired as a groundskeeper for the school. He studies alchemy there in secret until he’s caught by Ramsay, who promises to keep his secret if he helps her find a sacred book that will give her extraordinary power. It’s a quest that pits them both against powerful alchemists…including Ash’s estranged father.

Your Shadow Half Remains by Sunny Moraine

Your Shadow Half Remains by Sunny Moraine

The apocalypse has come and gone, brought on by a strange condition where meeting another human being’s eyes will cause both to break into deadly, violent rage. In order to survive, Riley hasn’t seen another human face in years. When Ellis moves in down the road, Riley can’t help but try to get to know him, as starved for human contact as she is. All she wants is to take just one look…

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

Riot Recommendations

Let’s do a bit of short story reading! So here’s a recent collection and an anthology to check out.

Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart: And Other Stories by GennaRose Nethercott

Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart: And Other Stories by GennaRose Nethercott

This collection focuses on the inner abomination that resides in the heart of every human, the way longing is both monstrous and necessary, and questions what a beast truly is.

Relit: 16 Latinx Remixes of Classic Stories edited by Sandra Proudman

Relit: 16 Latinx Remixes of Classic Stories edited by Sandra Proudman

This collection features 16 stories by Latinx authors that remix classics, myths, and fairy tales through the lens of their experience and imagination. Prepare yourself for Pride and Prejudice in space and The Great Gatsby in Costa Rica!

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.