Sunday Shorts—The Dead Pirate’s Cave by Soumya Mukherjee

This latest story from Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) hits that "Time" part and presses fast-forward rather than rewind, "The Dead Pirate's Cave." In it, a young woman and a young man are both held captive by pirates, the woman because her father was the only person whose blood was cleared for … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—The Dead Pirate’s Cave by Soumya Mukherjee

Sunday Shorts—A Smuggler’s Pact by Su Haddrell

If there's a single complaint I could make against Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), it's this: I want more. That's faint criticism, though, and makes me want to check out other authors, including Su Haddrell, which brings me to "A Smuggler's Pact." Here we meet a pirate captain's mate, a woman who … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—A Smuggler’s Pact by Su Haddrell

Sunday Shorts—The Patchwork Girl by Evelyn Deshane

This story, from We Shall Be Monsters, is so intrinsically queer and—something I freaking adore—queerly empowering that I basically fell in love from pretty much the get-go. From the nonbinary lead POV, to the slow revelations of the narrative, this is a contemporary fantasy with the perfect amount of magic and fantasy to counter the … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—The Patchwork Girl by Evelyn Deshane

Sunday Shorts—Birthday Girl by Rachel Swirsky

As someone who writes contemporary spec-fic, I'm a little embarrassed to admit it took me almost until the end of this short story from Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction to spot the science fiction. The story here is a woman visiting her niece on her niece's birthday, bringing a present, and being very nervous as … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—Birthday Girl by Rachel Swirsky