The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021): Volume One edited by Oghenchovwe Donald Ekpeki
The first ever Year’s Best African speculative fiction anthology with works from some of the most exciting voices in Africa and the diaspora, published in 2020.
Love in the Time of Wormholes by Jess K. Hardy
Sunastara Jeka is passionate about two things: (1) meeting the needs of the varied species who holiday aboard her interstellar pleasure cruise during the day, and (2) avoiding attachments when the occasional guest meets her needs at night.
Sunny’s life is simple, straightforward, and safe until a former one-night stand becomes her newest crew member.
Freddie has never forgotten that night with Sunny. He’s ecstatic to see her again, until she tells him she never dates her coworkers. Determined not to lose this confident, sexy, hysterical woman again, Freddie bides his time, pursuing a purely professional relationship with Sunny when they’re on the clock, while he slowly charms her senseless after hours.
As Sunny breaks her own rules about workplace romance, her tragic past and a heartbreaking betrayal thrust her orderly life into chaos.
When a hostile species holidays aboard the ship, endangering VIP guests and even the known universe, Sunny and Freddie must decide. Will they let the gravity of their pasts keep them apart, or risk it all for love and fight for their future together?
Locus, September 2021 by Locus Publications
A Compendium of Margaret St. Clair by Margaret St Clair
One of the original female sci-fi writers, Margaret St. Clair was a trailblazer, writing mainly in the pulp magazines in the 1940s and 50s. St. Clair wrote under her own name and her pseudonym Idris Seabright as well as the house pseudonym of Wilton Hazzard at Planet Stories. Here is a collection of 62 short stories penned by St. Clair up to 1962, when she stopped writing short fiction of 12 years, including many which have been out of print since before her death.
The Adventure of the Golden Woman by Cynthia Ward
Lesbian vampire spies at the cabaret!
It’s 1931, and conquest of the earth isn’t enough for the British Empire. But the demi-mondaine of occupied Berlin harbors a resistance movement, and the double agents Lucy Harker — Dracula’s daughter — and her lover, the vampire Carmilla, steal England’s spaceship plans. Then the handoff to American agent Adolph Hitler is foiled by an impossibly advanced mechanical woman, and the lovers are imprisoned on a lunar spaceship scheduled for imminent launch. Now Lucy and Carmilla’s only hope of saving the solar system is to overcome the ship’s robot crew and outthink England’s greatest espionage agent: Sherlock Holmes.