Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

“We’re all just scattered, lonely specks out here, unless we try to be more. We shouldn’t be brutal just because the universe is.” In the years since humanity has taken to space, Earth has sent forth members of the faith to the stars to convert the colonies. The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita,…

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark

“That spirit was just a formless being minding its own business. Then, it encountered men. And they decided to make it this beautiful woman or this monstrous crone, because that’s the only way many men can even view women. Maybe they were looking for a way to explain why their wives died in childbirth, or…

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

“They say that when faced with a fight you cannot win, you can never predict what you will do next. But I’d always known I’d fight until I was killed.” Binti is the first Himba to ever be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest higher learning institution in the galaxy. But in accepting,…

A Psalm For The Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

“Sometimes a person reaches a point in their life when it becomes absolutely essential to get the fuck out of the city.” It’s been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded…

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

“When there’s people around that we don’t trust, we let them think we’re the kinds of people who are allowed to exist. And the only kind of Librarian that’s allowed to exist is one who answers to she.” Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to…

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

“Villains were wonderful. They got to be cruel and selfish, to preen in front of mirrors and poison apples, and trap girls on mountains of glass. They indulged all their worst impulses, revenged themselves for the least offense, and took every last thing they wanted.And sure, they wound up in barrels studded with nails, or…

In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu

“…what’s harder is being yourself so completelythat there is still a ‘you’no matter theform you hold.” The city of Ora uses a complex living network called the Gleaming to surveil its inhabitants and maintain harmony. Anima is one of the extrasensory humans tasked with watching over Ora’s citizens, but ær world is restricted to what…

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

“Reason and law don’t mean much when white folk want their way.” D.W. Griffith is a sorcerer, and The Birth of a Nation is a spell that drew upon the darkest thoughts and wishes from the heart of America. Now, rising in power and prominence the Klan has a plot to unleash Hell on Earth…

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

“When you love a thing too much, it is a special kind of pain to show it to others and to see that it is lacking.” For the second installment of The Singing Hills Cycle, Nghi Vo returns to the empire of Ahn and the adventures of cleric Chih. Chih finds themself and their companions…

Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard

“I have to burn,” she says. “I have to feed. But it doesn’t have to be that bright. It doesn’t have to be…” She pauses, again, as if words were hard to get. “It doesn’t have to harm.” Thanh was sent away as a hostage to the powerful and faraway country of Ephteria as a…