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Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) Paperback – December 1, 2018
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Outlaws. Lovers. Heroes. Villains.
With their peg legs, their parrots and the skull and crossbones flying from the mastheads of their ships, classic pirates are some of the world’s best-known and easily recognizable outlaws. Or are they? These fifteen stories spin new tales of pirates crossing dimensional barriers for revenge, fighting terrible foes in outer space and building new lives after the Trojan War. Travel to the South China Sea, then on to New York City after a climate apocalypse, then roam the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy and voyage to distant and fantastical worlds. Go with them as they seek treasure, redemption, love, revenge and more. Raise the Jolly Roger and sharpen your cutlass (or recharge your raygun) and climb aboard for some unforgettable journeys.
From fantastical adventures to YA science fiction, from historical tales to piracy in intergalactic space, Scourge of the Seas gives readers a broad range of new pirate legends. Featuring stories by Ginn Hale, A.J. Fitzwater, Geonn Cannon, Joyce Chng, Elliott Dunstan, Ashley Deng, Su Haddrell, Ed Grabianowski, Mharie West, Matisse Mozer, Soumya Sundar Mukherjee, Megan Arkenberg, Peter Golubock, Michael Merriam and Caroline Sciriha.
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"It's hard to go wrong with pirate stories that cross time and space, and every story in the collection delivers in full. There's adventure in plenty, but beyond that, these are stories that will stick with you. Highly recommended."
--Melissa Scott, Author of the Astreiant series and Stargate Atlantis: Pride of the Genii
"Scourge of the Seas is a fast fun read filled with buried treasure and pirates of every description. The strength of this anthology comes from both its diversity and its dedication to adventure on the high seas. Pirate stories are all about the freedom to explore and the joy of new settings and this anthology delivers on that promise."
-Kelly McCullough, Author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series
About the Author
AJ Fitzwater is a dragon wearing a dapper meat-suit living between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Their words of import can be found in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Glittership, Shimmer Magazine, and many other venues of repute. They survived the trial-by-wordfire of Clarion 2014, and is a two time winner Sir Julius Vogel Award winner.
Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis. Her books include Night's Kiss, Crave, Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories, Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic, Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and the forthcoming Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). She is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world.
- Publisher : Queen of Swords Press (December 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1732583323
- ISBN-13 : 978-1732583320
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.65 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,159,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are settings ranging from more or less the world we know, to imagined realms, like the living, wandering sea creatures that are Ginn Hale’s “Treasured Islands,” and the wildly imaginative seas roamed by a ship crewed by a heroic rodent crew in A.J. Fitzwater’s “Search for the Heart of the Ocean.” There are long-past times like the post-Trojan War Greece of Megan Arkenberg’s “Andromache’s War,” all the way to the far-future space age, with in between a New York of a possibly all too soon world in “After the Deluge” by Peter Golubock. There are characters of many ages, cultures, and genders with well-drawn personalities, and fierce battles along with humor, tenderness, and sacrifice.
I usually advise reading anthologies one story at a time with time in between to savor one before starting another. I seldom take my own advice when a book sweeps me along like this one. But that’s okay, because this is a book I’ll read again, and maybe even take my time.
There were a few stories like ‘The Doomed Amulet of Erum Vahl’ that I’d really like to see expanded into novella or novel length books. But for the most part being able to take some time out of my day to enter the world of these varied scoundrels was a welcome escape.
Would love to see a volume 2 at some point!
Treasured Island by Ginn Hale - I was not quite sure if this took place on a alternate earth or a alien world, but I found it's moving living islands (which I couldn't help picturing as jellyfish turtles), fascinating backstory of the pirate and how such islands were grandmothers or ancestors, enchanting. Would love to read more short stories of it!
The Seafarer by Ashley Deng- Drasio's pirating of a old enemy uncovers a ship of slaves, who are taken to a magical isle and freedom - would love to know more of the backstory of the two mage pirates.
Saints and Bodhisattvas by Joyce Chng - I had the impression of Nemo's child telling me a story of falling in love with Maria, (this maybe the fault of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman comics) I enjoyed it very much.
The Doomed Amulet of Erum Vahl by Ed Grabianowski - I think this one was a bit of a cliffhanger, with the doomed amulet traded between lovers and the captain choosing to battle the evils of Erum Vahl rather than risk visions coming true...(So I do hope there's a conclusion someday!)
Serpent’s Tail by Mharie West - I adored this one about a Viking, his wife and children and their male lover fleeing together into piracy. (Wish Vikings had saved Athelstan this way with Lagertha and Ragnar!)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Megan Arkenberg- Sham and Cat flee from old enemies toward a promised refuge, but not before Sham escapes the devil one last time!
Andromache’s War by Elliott Dunstan - I utterly adored this one. Andromache drowns Neoptolemus and takes his ship and crew as hers, pirating the ships of fleeing Greeks and later encountering a ruined Odysseus. I would have happily read a whole book of Andromache's travels.
Andromache in myths is taken off by Neoptolemus, who keeps her as concubine and marries Hermione, Neoptolemus also took the seer Helenus (Cassandra's twin), who is married to Neoptolemus' mother Deidamia, and after her death, and the death of her son when Hermione goes to marry Orestes - Helenus, brother of Hector, marries Andromache. It's a very strange mythology and I think Andromache’s War makes for a better ending.
Rib of Man by Geonn Cannon - The captain of the Rib of Man finds unlocked for treasure in a navigator of a looted ship. I loved how very queer and cooperative diverse community the crew and captain felt.
A Smuggler’s Pact by Su Haddrell- A pact between a witch and a swamp smuggler spells doom to a abusive captain (wish there was a sequel to this one where we see the pact enacted).
The Dead Pirate’s Cave by Soumya Sundar Mukherjee- A science fiction spin to Treasure Island's theme, but I would love to read the investor's adventures with his family of there was one day more.
Rosa, the Dimension Pirate by Matisse Mozer- Rosa crashes into Jack's boring life and the fleeing daughter of a pirate and her engineer save a world's treasure with his help.
A Crooked Road Home by Caroline Sciriha - A fascinating son of a Shadow leader and his memory of his mother may save him with the strength of songs in his people. Would love to explore more on how all this came to be...
After the Deluge by Peter Golubock - New York underwater is troubled by the pirates of it's watery streets. Although the bigger threat may be it's police...
Tenari by Michael Merriam - A former military ship turned pirate finds the ship full of children fleeing a old alien enemy mystery. Wouldn't mind reading more on how the mystery unfolds!
Search for the Heart of the Ocean by A.J. Fitzwater - This was a very cute and furry captain of a marsupial and mer ship go in search of the Heart of the Ocean, quickly getting involved with magic and kraken and affaires between stars and seas.
This is also an excellent LGBTQ anthology. There are same-sex relationships, at least one polyamorous relationship, and a couple of trans characters. There are plenty of women pirates, as well. Most often the same-sex relationships and trans characters are depicted as right at home amongst the piratical outcasts, but in at least one case society is not so tolerant.
Hidden treasure is found and then lost again. Slaves are rescued accidentally. Dark gods and aliens attack out of the shadows. Unlikely people of all walks of life decide to become pirates, and often stick with it. Pirates fight with daggers, pistols, AK-47s, missiles, and laser cannons. They search for legendary treasures, attack for enough loot to keep themselves operational, and fight out of sheer cussedness. Locales range from wandering islands to a barrier between realms, swamps to a mysterious black temple, flooded post-apocalypse New York City, and the spacelanes.
This is the second anthology I’ve read recently that I’ve given a 5 out of 5 to, and that’s really unusual. Generally your tastes as a reader are highly unlikely to magically match up with the tastes of the editor, yet I didn’t find a single story in here that I disliked. I even loved the whimsical tale in which all of the pirates are rodents and they team up with a kraken named Agnes to go after a treasure!
The wide variety of enjoyable tales in here is so much fun to read. I highly recommend this anthology!