cover image Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

Edited by Catherine Lundoff. Queen of Swords, $6 e-book (200p) ISBN 978-1-73258-332-0

This compendium of pirate tales showcases stories that defy the limits of the genre. Revenge, romance, and jealousy all come to play in this collection. Each pirate world is different from the last, and the characters brim with life. A mysterious creature hunts Captain Jagga and her crew in Ed Grabianowski’s “The Doomed Amulet of Erum Vahl.” Robots and pirates clash in Soumya Sundar Mukherjee’s “Dead Pirate’s Cave” as a young girl embarks upon a perilous voyage with her father’s sworn enemies. An interdimensional pirate encounters unlikely friendship in Matisse Mozer’s engaging “Rosa, the Dimension Pirate.” Joyce Chng’s “Saints and Bodhisattvas” details a queer pirate captain’s coming of age, and the dangerous mission she embarks upon for her newfound lover. This anthology is a delightful cross-section of pirate tales, representing a diverse array of sexualities and nationalities, and shining a spotlight on tales that don’t fit common preconceived notions of pirate lore. It will appeal to fans of daring speculative fiction. (Dec.)