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Jailbreaking a God, a Ramayana Retelling, Gravewitches, and More in Today’s SFF New Releases

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, here with your last round of new releases for April and some links to check out. This weekend I will admit I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done, but I did get to see some movies, including Robert Eggers’s The Northman. I mention it here because it’s only at most adjacent to SFF, but there’s a really cool Smithsonian article about it: The History Behind Robert Eggers’ The Northman. (Also, it’s… Hamlet. But with vikings.) I hope y’all had as good of a weekend as I did, if not better! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

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New Releases

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Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi is the only daughter to the kingdom of Kekaya, and she watches as her mother is banished and her own worth is set at whatever her marriage can secure. She prays to the gods whose stories she was raised on, but none seem to hear. So instead she turns her efforts inward, taking up the books she once read with her mother and using them to unlock a magic that is hers alone, one that lets her transform herself into a warrior, diplomat, and queen… and perhaps make herself strong enough to vanquish her own destiny.

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The Void Ascendant by Premee Mohamed

Nick Prasad is the last survivor of Earth; seven years ago, he crashed through uncountable dimensions to the strange new world in which he lives–and became the prophet to the ruling family in the process. The ruling family, who serves the Ancient Ones who destroyed Earth. But now Nick has a chance to destroy the Ancient Ones for good, and all it will take is a little bit of betrayal…

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.

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Read These Hugo Award Novel Nominees

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, here with a closer look at the Hugo finalists for the novel category this year, and some links to take you into the weekend. I hope that y’all have had a great week that’s been as relaxing as it can be, and you’ve been able to read some good books in the meantime! Have a great weekend, and stay safe out there, space pirates. I will see you on Tuesday.

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News and Views

Netflix saved Nimona!

Artificial Intelligence in Fiction, Fact, and Our Dreams of the Future

The 1,800-Year-Old History of Science Fiction Explained

I Cooked From ‘Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook’ and Relived the Movies

Being a Better Writer: Embracing Conflict in All Its Forms

Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel on creative recklessness, time travel and her favourite science fiction novels

Doctor Who Could Have Been a Much Darker Sci-Fi Show

On Book Riot

The Future Is Not Edible: The Future of Food According to Sci-Fi

Oh Yes, It’s Ladies Fight: 10 Fiery F/F Enemies to Lovers Fantasy Books

How the Code of Chivalry of Medieval Knights Still Influences SFF Today

Afrofuturism: Its Origins, Present, and Future

This week’s SFF Yeah! podcast is about romps

This month you can enter to win $250 at Barnes and Noble, a Kindle Paperwhite, and $100 at Bookshop.org.

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Free Association Friday

The Hugo finalists were announced last week, to much excitement. (At least if you’re me!) The novel and novella categories are so ridiculously good this year that I want to take some time to spotlight them in their entirety. I’m just jazzed about all of these books! We’ll talk about the novels this week and the novellas next week. I’ve also had the privilege of reading most of these already–what about you?

Light from Uncommon Stars book cover

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Shizuka made a literal deal with the devil to escape damnation. The price? She has to convince seven of her fellow violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She’s managed to swindle sixth, but in her pursuit of the final soul, she runs into complications she could have never imagined: a retried starship captain who she can’t help but love and a runaway with a wild talent who all too quickly feels like family.

Cover of A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

The sequel to A Memory Called Empire sees Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass leaving the heart of the Teixcalaanli empire to go to the edge of space, where an alien species that no one knows how to communicate with has begun slaughtering Teixcalaanli colonies. Together, they must figure out how to talk to a species whose language quite literally makes them ill… and also how to talk to each other.

Cover of A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Fatma is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities in 1912 Cairo, and she’s already prevented the destruction of the universe once. Now she’s called on to investigate a mysterious murder, one committed by someone who claims to be the famous al-Jahiz, who pierced the veil between magical and mundane realms 40 years ago, now returned to judge the world for its societal sins.

the cover of The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

The planet Gora doesn’t have anything going for it–not even an atmosphere–but it is relatively close to a lot of other, more popular worlds, which makes it basically the truck stop of the galaxy. The Five-Hop One-Top is one truck stop on the planet of truck stops, but when a freak accident halts all traffic through the planet, three strangers find it to be their new, temporary home.

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She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

When a bandit attack leaves an eighth-born son destined for greatness and his second-born sister destined for nothing orphaned, it’s another trick of fate that the son dies. The daughter takes on her brother’s name, Zhu, and in an attempt to escape her own fate, enters a monastery masquerading as a male novice. But when the monastery, too, is destroyed, Zhu must fully take her brother’s fate of greatness and make it her own.

cover of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace doesn’t remember who he is or why he’s hurtling through space, having just woken up with two corpses for company. This is a problem, since he’s actually the only survivor of a last-ditch attempt to save humanity, and if he doesn’t complete his mission, that’s curtains for us all. He’s got to figure out who he is and what he’s doing and fast, without help… or maybe there is someone out there for him.


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Everything Is Better With Velociraptors

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with your newest round of new releases and some links for you to check out. And while I know we’re a book newsletter, I have to mention a movie to you. I saw Everything Everywhere All at Once this weekend and it was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie like it before… hilarious, bonkers action choreography, and a deeply emotional examination of how the world is meaningless and we are small and insignificant, so that makes kindness important. I could not have expected it if I tried. Give it a whirl if you have a chance! (Also, Michelle Yeoh is a queen.) 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 High Spirits by Camille Gomera-Tavarez

High Spirits by Camille Gomera-Tavarez

A short story collection where all of the stories are interconnected, this follows the Dominican diaspora Beléns family across multiple generations. Stylistically realist but also magical, this mosaic story explores mental health, identity, machismo… and of course family

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Saint Death’s Daughter by C.S.E. Cooney

Lanie Stones has a complicated life, to say the least. As the daughter of the Royal Assassin and Chief Executioner of Liriat, her career path should seem clear… except she has an unusual gift for necromancy and an even more unusual, quite literal allergy to violence that has kept her isolated to her family’s manor. When her parents are murdered, she might be about to lose that crumbling wreck of a home as well… and that’s just the beginning of her problems.

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Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda

Lydia longs to try nearly every food under the sun, but particularly the ones her Japanese father liked to eat. Unfortunately for her, she inherited her British mother’s vampirism and can only digest blood… and trying to source fresh pig’s blood in London is proving to be more of a challenge than she expected. She wants to be an artist, not a hunter of men, but she is lonely in her windowless flat… and always hungry.

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And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin

A plague has swept over the world, one that affects how its victims perceive reality itself. To them, the world has monsters lurking around every corner, and packs of armed survivors roam… and those things may or may not be true. Spencer has been cured of the disease, but he would rather stay inside the rehabilitation facility than face how the world has changed. But when a fellow inmate wants help finding her old crew, he has a chance at redemption… or finding out that he’s just made things worse.

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An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

While Hunter Yee’s aim is perfect when he has a bow in his hands, everything else in his life is decidedly not, thanks to the past mistakes of his family. He longs to run away, but stays for his little brother… and the new girl at his high school–Luna Chang. Struggling against her parents’ expectations, Luna falls for Hunter hard, though their families are bitter enemies, and magic is afoot…

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One Potato by Tyler McMahon

Eddie Morales is a low-level R&D guy at an agricultural biotech form based in Boise, Idaho. The last thing he’s expecting is to be dispatched to a tiny town in South America because the press is claiming that the experimental potatoes they’ve developed are causing some very weird medical issues. Eddie’s hopes for a quick and simple resolution are quickly dashed, and soon he stumbles across a conspiracy that reveals the dark side of his company and what they’ll do to make their potato supreme…

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News and Views

Winners of the Tolkien Society Awards 2022 Announced

Whoopi Goldberg is Anansi Boys’s Bird Woman

Check Out This Star Wars Death Star Trench Run Cake

Everything Is Better With Velociraptors, Including West Side Story

Government Professor Joe Reisert Uses Science Fiction “To Make the World Better”

The Persistence of Errata

On Book Riot

Here Are the 2022 Hugo Award Finalists

The Most Popular Fantasy Books on TikTok

Save It With Music: Superhero References in Song

I Learned More About Science From Books Than From College Classes

8 of the Best New YA Vampire Books to Sink Your Teeth Into

Win a copy of Book of Night by Holly Black and Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu.

This month you can enter to win $250 at Barnes and Noble, a Kindle Paperwhite, and $100 at Bookshop.org.


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Mermaid Reads, Anyone?

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’m in the mood for mermaids today. So that’s what we’re free associating about. Other than that, I’ve got some links for you to check out, and my earnest wishes that you have a great and safe weekend! See you on Tuesday, space pirates!

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News and Views

Congratulations to those shortlisted for the 2021 Aurealis Awards!

If you want a bit of flash fiction, the winners of the 2021 Quantum Shorts contest have been announced!

The Queer Joy of Our Flag Means Death

Forget Frankenstein. It’s Time to Read The Mummy!

And John Scalzi has a new short story for you: Grizzly Bear Conflict Manager

The Landscape of Historical Fiction, Circa Now

Revisiting Long Book Series

On Book Riot

This week’s SFF Yeah! podcast is about older favorites from authors who have new releases coming

There’s Room for Both Dark and Fluffy Queer Media

Give Us Stories to Retell: An Argument for the Canon as a Springboard

12 of the Most Anticipated Science Fiction/Fantasy Books Out in April

This month you can enter to win $250 at Barnes and Noble, a Kindle Paperwhite, and $100 at Bookshop.org.

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Free Association Friday: Mermaids

For absolutely no reason whatsoever (no, really, this is quite random) how about books that have mermaids in them?

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Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

So, I cannot actually tell you how mermaids (or more broadly, magical sea-ladies) are involved in this series without it being a giant spoiler, so you’re just going to have to read it and trust me. It’s an awesome epic fantasy with a unique world!

And also, the second book is coming very soon: Fevered Star.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Mermaids, but what if they were truly monstrous and they liked eating people? A film crew trying to shoot a documentary is about to find out how rough the seas can get when they go searching for the last ship these murderous beings took down.

Though if you want something less horror-adjacent from the same author, check out Where the Drowned Girls Go.

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The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Based on an amazing song of the same name by the experimental hip-hop group clipping.–which if you haven’t listened to it, you should–this tells the story of a race of mermaids descended from enslaved African women who were thrown overboard by their abductors during the middle passage. They live a life without memory… except for one of their number who remembers all of their traumas.

Reclaim the Stars edited by Zoraida Códova

This book isn’t solely about mermaids–it’s a short story collection–but one of the tales within is about Caribbean mermaids and it’s a good one! Also, the other sixteen stories are really good as well.

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Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Mermaids are the servants of the gods, traveling the seas to collect the souls of those who die on the water and making sure they make it home. When one mermaid saves the life of a boy who was thrown overboard, she faces a punishment from the gods if she doesn’t make amends. But the boy she rescued isn’t just anyone…

And a sequel is coming! Soul of the Deep

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Sirens exist, but they have to keep their powers hidden if they want to continue to live among normal humans. But a siren is accused of murder and her trial becomes a public, horrifying circus… and while that’s going on, a high school junior named Tavia loses control of her magical voice at the worst possible moment.

And there’s a sequel! A Chorus Rises


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.

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An Occult Underground Library, the Nectar of Immortality, and More SFF New Releases

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with a fairly short list of new releases for you to check out this week–April’s getting a slow start, perhaps. But there are some cool looking books nonetheless, most of them from series you might want to check out! I write this newsletter to you from the embrace of a most satisfactory food coma; a dear friend of mine made gravlax and delicious seafood salad for our regular D&D game, and it was a… transcendent experience. Hope you had a delicious weekend, too! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Not SFF-related, but I am excited as all get out: First Amazon Union Voted for in Staten Island.

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New Releases

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Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality by Roshani Chokshi

The Sleeper will gain access to the nectar of immortality–and therefore infinite power–on the next full moon. Worse, he’s far ahead of the Pandavas, already in the labyrinth that the sisters can’t even gain entrance to. The Pandavas must work together to win this race against time… but at the end, it’s up to Aru to decide who will have immortality. (Continuation of the series that starts with Aru Shah and the End of Time.)

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Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders

Rachael, Elza, and Tina have all left Earth to go to the stars, each with her own dreams and mission in the galaxy. Rachael is an artist who can no longer make art after an encounter with an alien artifact. Elza wants to compete for the chance to be a princess in the Palace of Scented Tears. And Tina has gone to the Royal Space Academy to study with her friends. Though their goals are different, their lives remain intertwined… (Sequel to Victories Greater Than Death.)

Book cover of Aspects by John M. Ford

Aspects by John M. Ford

Before his unexpected and early death in 2006, author John M. Ford wrote a fantasy novel of politics, ancient empires, romance, divine fate, and magical machine guns. Follow three characters–Varic, Archmage Birch, and Palion Silvern–as they explore a fantastical world in a rich 18th century setting.

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News and Views

The Monsters and the Translators: Grappling With Beowulf in the Third Millennium

Treasuring the Books No One Else Seems to Love

Lil Nas X is extremely SFF adjacent and I will hear no arguments otherwise. Which is to say his outfit for the Grammys this year definitely belongs in your eyeballs.

Encounters With the Supernatural in Antarctica: A Brief History

Did you ever want to give Q (the Star Trek one) a call?

A Guide to Preparing Your Supernatural Advance Directive

Chris Pine Thinks Star Trek Shouldn’t Try Being Marvel, and He’s Right

On Book Riot

Will I Ever Read SFF Again?

Is There Such a Thing as a Reliable Narrator?

When Does Lord of the Rings Get Interesting?

This month you can enter to win $250 at Barnes and Noble, a Kindle Paperwhite, and $100 at Bookshop.org.


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Funny SFF Books to Read This April Fools’ Day!

Happy Friday, shipmates, and happy April! It’s Alex, and I’m here with some lighthearted books for you to check out this April first, as well as an assortment of links. I hope that you’ve found nothing but fun jokes today–or none at all if that’s your preference. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

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News and Views

The Best Role Models Ever:  Lois Lane and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

Virago snaps up first and only authorised biography of Ursula Le Guin

Cora Buhlert’s roundup of Indie Speculative Fiction for March

Gonzo the Great on the Creativity and Collaboration Behind Jim Henson’s Muppets

Simu Liu will not sign ‘offensive’ Shang-Chi comic books at upcoming event

Kaiju, Here and Now

Wonder, Hungry Wolves, and the Whimsy of Resilience: Arthur Rackham’s Haunting 1920 Illustrations for Irish Fairy Tales

On Book Riot

This week’s SFF Yeah! podcast is about old favs by authors with new releases.

9 of the Best Historical Fantasy Books

Novels About Chilling Near-Future Worlds

Choose Your Next Witchy Read Based on Your Favorite TV Witch

Once Upon a Time: Fabulous Fairytale Goods

Why We Don’t Talk About Bruno: Encanto and Magical Realism

You can enter to win a copy of The City Inside by Samit Basu.

Free Association Friday: SFF With a Dash of Humor

Yes, I know, it’s April 1st so I should be playing a trick on your with this free association Friday, but honestly, y’all? I had a rough day and doing a good April Fools’ joke that doesn’t end up feeling mean or overly corny is actually really difficult. So instead, how about we just look at some SFF that’s got a nice dash of humor in it? And I’m doing hard mode: no Sir Terry.

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Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

A once renowned and feared band of mercenaries has retired, the former members becoming some combination of old, drunk, and out of shape–and mostly pretty content with it. But then one of the old guard shows up at the former leader, Clay’s, door and desperately needs help. Clay must get the band back together for one last job that could be the death of them all.

Genrenauts: The Complete Season One Collection: A Dimension Hopping Story Heist by Michael R. Underwood

A struggling stand-up comedian gets a new gig by becoming a Genrenaut, a member of a secret organization of interdimensional travelers who seek out broken story archetypes and fix them. If they don’t correct the narrative dysfunction of the worlds they go to? The ripples will bring destruction to their homes.

the cover of Heroine Complex, featuring two young asian women. One is wearing a black catsuit, kicking a cupcake with teeth. The other is wearing a hoodie and a tshirt and holds a ball of fire in her right hand.

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

This is the start of a rip-roaring series about Evie, the personal assistant to a superhero who also happens to be her childhood best friend. Their friendship occasionally makes things a bit awkward as she navigates her super boss’s diva tantrums and demon-blood-stained leather pants. But then Evie has to pose as her boss for one night, and her secret gets out–she also has super powers, and her job’s about to get a lot more difficult.

The Dark Lord’s Handbook by Paul Dale

Becoming a feared–and effective–dark lord is a lot more difficult than it sounds. There are a lot of details one has to constantly worry about, and those villain speeches don’t simply write themselves. Thankfully, there’s the Dark Lord’s Handbook to help all the fledgling subjugators… and Morden, the product of a randy dragon’s chance encounter, had better read quickly.

Cover of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Sal Vidon has the power to reach through time and space so he can find anything he might want, intentionally or not… and on the unintentional side is his mother, who is no longer alive in his home universe. Sal is also, notably, a close up magician in training. When he comes to a new school and meets Gabi, he discovers he has a new friend, whether he wants one or not, and good thing–because he needs all the help he can get fixing the universe they’ve unintentionally broken.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Elisabeth was raised in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, monitoring the sorcerous grimoires guarded within its walls, each one capable of wreaking terrible havoc on the world–and transforming into monsters made of ink and leather if provoked. But when the most dangerous grimoire is released, Elisabeth is framed for the crime. If she wants to save the world from the grimoire, she must ally herself with a sorcerer–and learn about the power she possesses.

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As Long as There’s a Tardis, All’s Right in the World

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, sneaking in one last round of new releases for March, plus a bit of news for you to check out. This weekend I had a chance to see the new movie, The Lost City, which deserved a much better title than it has. It was a lot of fun! And even book-adjacent. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you in April. (I mean… 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 A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

Losing one’s mother is hard enough, but Ning has to live with the guilt of having killed hers, however accidentally; she brewed the poison tea that took her life. The same poison tea may soon also claim her little sister. Her only chance to save her sister is to travel to the imperial city to compete in a competition of tea-masters vying to win a favor from the princess. But a competition in the imperial court is anything but simple… or safe.

Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

Annie Mason has come to Crow Island to settle her father’s estate–and she hopes to reconnect with her best friend, Beatrice. But the island is one where magic lurks just below the surface, and rumors of witch craft have long haunted the locale–and particularly a resident named Emmeline Delacroix. When Annie sees Beatrice and Emeline have a confrontation at a party, she finds herself drawn into the haunted underworld of the island–and its illicit magic.

Cover of Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

An aspiring journalist named Jamal Lawson heads into Baltimore to report on a protest against police brutality that occurs after the murder of another Black man. But before the rally gets going, the city implements a “safety” protocol called “the Dome” that surrounds the city and forces those within into a militarized shutdown. Trapped, Jamal makes new allies and works with them to take the fight to the chief of police who masterminded this horrifying tactic.

A House Between Earth and the Moon by Rebecca Scherm

For twenty years, Alex has been obsessively trying to develop–and convince others to invest in–a gene-edited super algae that he believes will reverse climate change. The takers he finally finds are a pair of hyper rich sisters, who will fund him… if he does his research on the luxury space station being built for billionaires as a beta tester. But the space station is not what it’s sold to be, and conditions on earth are only worsening.

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The Temps by Andrew DeYoung

Jacob has only taken a temp job in the mailroom of Delphi Enterprises because he’s so absolutely desperate for work. But on his first day, a cloud of poison gas descends on an all-hands meeting and kills all of the regular employees. He’s now stranded in the office complex with a few other survivors who were also hired as temps. Together, they create their own world that isn’t so bad–it’s almost like spring break–until they find out just why the disaster happened.

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News and Views

Neil Gaiman Q&A: “As long as there’s a Tardis, all’s right with the world”

The Razzie Awards have been… awarded

The Indie Files: A Guide to SFWA StoryBundles

Jane Yolen on Creativity, Productivity, and Returning to Scotland

Behind the Scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Strangest Blockbuster in Hollywood History

Friendship in the Time of Kaiju: A Conversation With John Scalzi

Daniel Radcliffe’s Love for The Mummy Led Him Straight to The Lost City

How Superheroes Stay Stealthy in Such Outlandish Costumes

On Book Riot

Design a Training Montage and Get a Sci-Fi or Fantasy Recommendation

12 of the Best Fairytales Books for Kids

You can enter to win copies of The City Inside by Samit Basu, Alcatraz Vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, and The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller.

This month, you can enter to win an iPad Mini, a Banned Books bundle, a Kindle Oasis, $200 at The Ripped Bodice, and a 1-year subscription to Book of the Month.


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SFF Releases by Women to Preorder Now

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Friday, and I’m here with some pre-orders for your perusal and a few links you might find fun. I hope it’s been a good week out there for you–hopefully with a lot less wind than we’ve had here, shaking the house–and you’ve got a relaxing weekend with lots of reading time coming at you. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

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News and Views

Eugen Bacon: Finding Me: Towards Self-Actualization in Writing

What if the Mandalorian’s armour was birch bark instead of beskar? An Algonquin artist brings that to life

GRRM talks about The Rise of the Dragon

The Tolkien estate recently made a bunch of his paintings and drawings available for online viewing!

Shin Godzilla Turned a Monstrous Eye on Bureaucracy in the Wake of Fukushima

Morena Baccarin Reveals That Online Blowback Led to Her De-Fridging in Deadpool 2

On Book Riot

In this week’s SFF Yeah! Podcast, we revisit speculative poetry

10 More Alien Books

What Is Science Fiction?

Are Novelizations Worth Reading?

Win a copy of The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

This month you can enter to win an iPad Mini, a Banned Books bundle, a Kindle Oasis, $200 at The Ripped Bodice, and a 1-year subscription to Book of the Month.

Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!

Free Association Friday: Another Pre-Orderpalooza

March is women’s history month, so how about some upcoming SFF books by women to pre-order for this year? Show them some love!

Cover of Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel (April 26)

Kaikeyi is the only daughter of the kingdom of Kekaya, and she was raised on tales of the gods and their fantastic powers that allowed them to vanquish evil. But the stories she hears don’t match the reality she sees, where her mother is exiled and Kaikeyi herself is nothing but a pawn to be married off. She turns to the books that taught her the stories and discovers a magic that allows her to transform from a princess to a warrior–and queen.

Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse (April 19)

Sequel to Black Sun.

With the city of Tova shattered by the Crow God’s eclipse and the social order falling to pieces, Xiala and the former Priest of Knives must find a way to survive as allies–and try to help two living avatars find their way to remain human.

Cover of The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah (May 17)

Loulie al-Nazari is a criminal who sells illegal magic, guarded by a jinn. After she inadvertently saves the life of a cowardly prince, his father blackmails her into finding a magical lamp that will sacrifice all of the jinn to revive the barren land. She and her bodyguard must survive an epic quest–and at the end waits more truth than Loulie could ever imagine.

The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri (August 16)

Sequel to The Jasmine Throne.

Malini has been declared the rightful empress and is determined to claim that throne, but deposing her brother will be no easy task, no matter how great the army that follows her. And Priya wants nothing more than to free her country from that empire’s rule, even if her soul is intertwined with Malini’s. Their coming together may be the only way to save both of their people, though it will cost them dearly.

Cover of The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi (June 21)

Sylah grew up in the resistance, training for the day she would lead her people to topple the ruling class… until her entire family was murdered. But when she meets Anoor, daughter of the most powerful ruler in the empire, the heat that sparks between them is undeniable. When the empire begins a new series of trial by combat that will find its newest cohort of leaders, they team up with Hassa, a girl who has survived by being socially invisible, to set events in motion that will burn the entire order to the ground.

Babel by R.F. Kuang (August 23)

After his family dies to cholera in Canton, Robin Swift comes to London at the behest of a mysterious professor. There, his days are devoted to the linguistic studies that will get him into Oxford University’s Royal Institute of Translation, which is also called Babel. But beyond languages, Babel is a center for the magic that’s made the British Empire a world-dominating power. Soon Robin realizes that his residence in this academic utopia comes at the cost of betraying his motherland.


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We Need Diverse Villains

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with another round of new releases for you and some links to check out. Wow, where the heck did that weekend even go? I’m still not sure. But I’m ending it writing to you with a cat purring in my lap, so I guess things could be a lot worse. 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

Note: The new release lists I have access to weren’t as diverse as I would have liked this week, so white authors are overrepresented here.

Cover of The Bone Orchard by Sara A Mueller

The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

Charm is a witch alone, the last of her line, a child of a conquered people. She lives confined to the Orchard House and its bone trees, which she tends for the sake of her children. She acts as the madam to a house filled with girls who are not real, and every Tuesday is the mistress of the emperor. But when the emperor is dying, he summons her to his bedside and tasks her with choosing which of his terrible sons will carry on the empire… and finding out which of them has murdered him. If she completes these tasks, she will have her freedom… but she will have betrayed her past.

Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes

The Memory House in Tumble Tree, Texas, is a place where people come to have their most painful memories removed by the family that’s long practiced this trade. Lucy, now sixteen, is finally old enough to learn. Her father tries to teach her, using himself as a subject, but she can’t pry his memories loose… and instead sees far more than she should, including a moment from the day her mother died, one that’s left her father wracked with guilt. As she investigates this memory, she realizes that she, herself, has gaps in her memory…

Cover of The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

The City of Dusk is a place where Life, Death, Light, and Darkness–the Four Realms–converge on the city as night falls. Each of the realms has a god of its own, and an heir to that god. Once, the city thrived under their care, but the four have withdrawn their favor and the city is dying–and with it, the realms. It is up to the four heirs to join forces to save the city, no matter what their defiance will cost them.

Comeuppance Served Cold by Marion Deeds

In late 1920s Seattle, a well-respected mage and city leader is trying to criminalize certain types of magick users, and with them its most vulnerable population. He hires a companion for his daughter, intent on curbing her rebellious behavior, but who he gets is the widowed owner of a speakeasy looking to avenge her husband’s murder.

Cover of Plutoshine by Lucy Kissick

Plutoshine by Lucy Kissick

In a future where terraforming has become commonplace, the next great frontier is Pluto, at four billion miles from the Sun and an average temperature of 200 degrees below zero. Humanity’s greatest scientists and engineers are making the project work with captured asteroids and engineers… until they are sabotaged. This horrifying act leaves one family shattered, the father comatose and nine-year-old Nou unable to speak. But Nou might hold the key to what happened… and why someone is trying to destroy the project.

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News and Views

Brandon Sanderson with Some FAQs You Might Enjoy

Marlon James: Representation doesn’t just mean heroes. We need the villains as well.

Webb Just Sent Back Its First-Ever Sharp Image of a Star

A Sudden Outcry: The Tolkien Estate and Fanworks

The Time Traveler’s Wife shares trailer for new Steven Moffat series

This is a bit of a spoiler but I am SO JAZZED: Stacey Abrams makes a surprise appearance in Star Trek as president of Earth

The Secret Sounds of Dune: Rice Krispies and Marianne Faithfull

On Book Riot

Me(ET) Cute: 9 Thrilling First Contact Stories

What Adaptations of “Little Red Riding Hood” Tell Us About the Lasting Power of Fairytales

Exactly Who Is Moon Knight?

Intro to the Social Horror Genre

You can enter to win a copy of John Scalzi’s The Kaiju Preservation Society

This month you can enter to win an iPad Mini, a Banned Books bundle, a Kindle Oasis, $200 at The Ripped Bodice, and a 1-year subscription to Book of the Month.


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The Nebula Novella Finalists

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’m here to tell you about the Nebula Finalists for the Novella category this week–as promised. I’ve also got a few links for you to check out, but since it’s a big category this year (for cool reasons) we’ll mostly focus on that. I hope y’all have a really great weekend coming at you! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

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


News and Views

How I learned to stop worrying and love Christopher Nolan’s $200 million Sudoku puzzles

Why Dune should win the best picture Oscar

Interview: Eugenia Triantafyllou

Unutapped Star Wars Spinoff Ideas

Today’s Hottest Speculative Fiction Authors Answer Our Burning Questions

On Book Riot

This week’s SFF Yeah! podcast is about must-reads

The Lambda Literary Awards Have Announced Their 2022 Finalists

Win a copy of Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi!

Why We Drink in Medieval Fantasy

This month you can enter to win an iPad Mini, a Banned Books bundle, a Kindle Oasis, $200 at The Ripped Bodice, and a 1-year subscription to Book of the Month.

Free Association Friday: Nebula Novella Finalists

As promised last week, I’m going to shine the spotlight on the Nebula Finalists in the Novella category this year. The category is actually extra big, because Martha Wells declined her nomination and there was a three-way tie for sixth, just below the line, so now all three of those novellas get to be on the finalist list! In no particular order, the finalists are:

Cover of Flowers For the Sea by Zin E Rocklyn

Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn

After their kingdom was flooded, the few survivors struggle along on an ark with scant resources, always aware of the ravenous beasts that circle them. Iraxi is one of the refugees, a common who is pregnant with a child that might not be entirely human, ostracized because she refused the advances of a prince. Her fate and her child’s will change their world… though for better or ill is the question.

The Giants of the Violet Sea by Eugenia Triantafyllou

On the island of Alimnia lives an old woman who is a tattoo artist for the dead, who ensures that their spirits can reach the promised waters of heaven, and her estranged daughter. They come together to clear the air between them, to lay to rest a lost brother and son.

Cover of The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler

The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler

Elder diplomat Bréone Hemmerli has one last task she’s set herself–to negotiate a new peace between humanity and a species of aliens that have come to an Earth slowly falling to ruin due to climate change. Unfortunately for Bréone and the future of humanity, her memory has also started to fail… and when she and the alien, named Tura, find a way forward, she can no longer remember.

Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters by Aimee Ogden

In a space opera retelling of The Little Mermaid, the galaxy has been populated by scattered clans of gene-edited humans, those who live in the sea and those who live on land. The daughter of a Sea-Clan lord, Atuale, started a war between two clans by choosing to marry a land-bound husband. But now he and his people are dying of a plague, and she must find a cure at all costs.

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Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard

Princess Thanh spent most of her childhood as a hostage in the kingdom of Ephteria, which hasn’t moved to colonize her homeland… though it’s only a matter of time. While there, she had her first romance–with the daughter of Ephteria’s ruler–and survived a devastating fire that destroyed much of the royal palace. Now back home, she must navigate between that first love, her conflicted relationship with her disapproving mother, and her loyalty to her home country–and herself.

And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed

Jewel is an established courtesan in a luxurious and well-renowned House in a far-future city where the government will cull anyone for a single mistake. Jewel is keeping her head down and living her life… until one of her friends dies at the hands of a client and then, even more shockingly, comes back to life.

Cover for A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Centuries ago, the robots used as mindless workers in Panga became self-aware and walked out into the wilderness, never to be seen again. Until one day, a tea monk having a crisis of purpose meets one of the robots who has returned. The robot has a very specific mission: to find out the answer to the question, “What do people need?”

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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.