Behind the Sun, Above the Moon
A Queer anthology featuring stories inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets, entire galaxies even, live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories will span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism.● twice-spent comet—On an isolated asteroid, Fer serves out their sentence with a found family of ramshackle criminals. Life takes an exciting turn when they befriend Ophelia, a beautiful humanoid creature with a tail like a comet.● From Dusk to Dying Sun—Jay Morrison almost believes the rumors of magic and mischief haunting the US-50. But their partner, Luis Inoa, has made a career guarding the dusty Nevada trails. According to him, the only scary things on the highway are the silences, until a group of tourists break open the sun and disappear into a fiery blaze.● Lost/Found—When Hollis Griffin, a lonely sex worker living in Venice Beach, forms an unlikely friendship with a fallen star, she begins to face the truth about her life, her past, and what the future holds. ● Awry with Dandelions—For thirty seconds every night, a disembodied specter named Mette visits with Orin who has long since written the ghost woman off as a recurring dream. But when Mette suggests meeting in real life, Orin’s inner world turns out to be more substantial than imaginary, and xie embarks on a journey to discover the truth of Mette and their strange connection.● The Far Touch—A long-standing coven of witches trek to their sacred space and accidentally discover life on another planet when their Solstice celebration interferes with a lone practitioner.● Ink and Stars—Locked in a contract to steal their ex-lovers ship, Chaz Neoma comes face to face with consequences, lost partnership, and the chance at a future, after discovering they aren’t the last Weaver in the universe. ● Horologium—In the far reaches of the Horologium Supercluster, an astronaux is stranded alone on a long-distance astral ship where they’re visited by three apparitions, telling stories of ancestors who traveled space before them. Coeie must decide whether to follow the ghosts of the past, or forge their own path through the cosmos.● Death Marked—As chief security officer in the Lunar Guard, Enzi is in charge of the security for their sister’s coming of age ceremony. A fragile relationship with their family doesn’t make keeping Ulsa safe any easier, and neither does a group of pesky drones or a hidden plot to overthrow their sister’s place in the family.● Weave the Dark, Weave the Light—On a crisp night, Ari, a supposed elemental witch, meets Jonathan Aster, a powerful being they desperately want to understand. As they explore an intense, intimate and passionate relationship, Ari unearths long-hidden mysteries about themself and their magic.

Behind the Sun, Above the Moon Details

TitleBehind the Sun, Above the Moon
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 17th, 2020
PublisherNineStar Press
ISBN-139781951880194
Rating
GenreFantasy, LGBT, Short Stories, Science Fiction, GLBT, Queer, Anthologies

Behind the Sun, Above the Moon Review

  • Jude
    January 1, 1970
    4.5* I am not a huge short stories reader. I often feel that by the time Im into the story, its over. Seeing J. S. Fields name on the cover of this anthology however made me want to give it a try. I loved the Ardulum series so much, I wanted more of their writing.Behind the Sun, Above the Moon offers nine definitions, nine interpretations of magic, nine representations of non-binary characters in own voices. The stories take the reader from world to world, universe to universe. Some are set on 4.5* – I am not a huge short stories reader. I often feel that by the time I’m into the story, it’s over. Seeing J. S. Fields’ name on the cover of this anthology however made me want to give it a try. I loved the Ardulum series so much, I wanted more of their writing.Behind the Sun, Above the Moon offers nine definitions, nine interpretations of magic, nine representations of non-binary characters in own voices. The stories take the reader from world to world, universe to universe. Some are set on Earth, others are not, in an intriguing mix of sci-fi and fantasy. Some are stories of redemption, some feel like beginnings, others like the end of forever.They didn’t all work for me on the same level, but I found them all thought-inspiring and captivating. Short stories collection can be very uneven, but this one feels completely coherent, and not repetitive either. Even the story I liked the least – Weave the Dark, Weave the Light by Anna Zabo – is really good. My favourites were twice-spent comet by Ziggy Schutz (a little slow to start but beautiful), Awry with Dandelions by J. S. Fields – surprise! – and Death Marked by Sara Codair.1- twice-spent comet by Ziggy Schutz2- From Dusk to Dying Sun by Paige S. Allen3- Lost/Found by Brooklyn Ray4- Awry with Dandelions by J. S. Fields5- The Far Touch by S. R. Jones6- Ink and Stars by Alex Harrow7- Horologium by Emmett Nahil8- Death Marked by Sara Codair9- Weave the Dark, Weave the Light by Anna ZaboI received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Ash | Wild Heart Reads
    January 1, 1970
    'Pitched as inspired by magic and the cosmos - a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets, entire galaxies even, live without borders, specifications or binariesSign me the fuck up
  • Truuss / Loveislovereview
    January 1, 1970
    A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, cometsentire galaxies, evenlive without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender characters.I started by reviewing each book apart, but after the fourth I got a feeling to describe the whole anthology at once. Then I looked at the blurb and thought what more can I say A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets—entire galaxies, even—live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender characters.I started by reviewing each book apart, but after the fourth I got a feeling to describe the whole anthology at once. Then I looked at the blurb and thought what more can I say about it than the blurb above already says?Not every story spoke to my heart, it wasn’t always an easy read, but they all spoke to my imagination.They all tell a story where my spirit traveled through space and beyond. They gave me a widely free feeling, where all boundaries just vanished. Where everything is possible, where questions stay put but love and acceptance are everything and you are never just ‘just’.Where magic, stardust, earthly things, moon, sun, constellations, and outer space is reachable. I loved the touch of and feeling of endlessness, without boundaries, where everyone and everything is possible and has a place. Where you can love a mermaid, step into the sun, kiss a star, visit each other in dreams with dragons and special potted dandelions, eternity is behind eyelids, where Weaver’s can’t fix with their magic but instead find their purpose, where you can meet sparkles named It, They and Xie, where the heir is the sister you can save and last but not least where fire can summon ice and one hand can tell a thousand facts, where you beg for a spell and the safe word is Cygnus.These stories made me feel all different kinds of emotions, excitement, sadness, some of lost, and some made me laugh.At a point in my life (RL) I had rebirth sessions and my mind got out of my body and traveled through space, among unknown planets. This anthology gave me a piece of that feeling back. Where everything was okay, where everyone is accepted by who we are. Where far away is just in hand reach when you look right. It goes beyond everything. We all have a hand in to make it work.Every author did a great job to give and bring me in a limitless state of mind with their stories.So thank you, you all made my day:#1 Twice-spent comet by Ziggy Schultz#2 From Dusk to Dying Sun by Paige S. Allen#3 Lost/Found by Brooklyn Ray#4 Awry with Dandelions by J.S. Fields#5 The Far Touch by S.R. Jones#6 Ink and Stars by Alex Harrow#7 Horologium by Emmett Nahil#8 Death Marked by Sara Codair#9 Weave the Dark, Weave the Light by Anna Zabo
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  • Rachael Marie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC Provided by Netgalley for an honest review
  • Nicole Field
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sci-fi anthology with a focus on non-binary main characters, including 9 ownvoices authors. The only other anthology I know of that does something close to this is No Man of Woman Born published last year by Ana Mardoll.Like any anthology, there were definitely stronger and weaker stories. I was surprised, however, that my favourite stories all came from authors whose works I hadn't heard of before. The anthology starts real strongly with "twice-spent comet" by Ziggy Schutz, a story This is a sci-fi anthology with a focus on non-binary main characters, including 9 ownvoices authors. The only other anthology I know of that does something close to this is No Man of Woman Born published last year by Ana Mardoll.Like any anthology, there were definitely stronger and weaker stories. I was surprised, however, that my favourite stories all came from authors whose works I hadn't heard of before. The anthology starts real strongly with "twice-spent comet" by Ziggy Schutz, a story about space prison, the bonds between people and the love between a humanoid figure and a vast space creature. That said, this was one of the few stories that had an explicitly romantic story inherent. My other favourite stories were "Awry With Dandelions" by J.S. Fields, "The Far Touch" by S.R. Jones and "Death Marked" by Sara Codair. These were all stories that focused on the importance of chosen family and friendships. "Awry With Dandelions" has my personal favourite trope, that of a mental link between two of our main characters. They've never physically met before this story, and they aren't romantically interested in each other after their link is healthily split. But they also share a deep and long history. The more standard friendship in this story between Orin and Blathnaid was also stand out good writing. "The Far Touch" was a take on the maiden, mother, crone trope, removing the gendered elements from all but one of these figures. I really enjoyed reading this story which was so much more about atmosphere and the moment these three figures existed in rather than a wider story telling. "Death Marked" involved a royal space coup, with the main character being the monarch's sibling. However, I felt that my favourite characters in this were the polyamorous triad that was the monarch and her two girlfriends whom she intended to propose to.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc in exchange for an honest review.I am not a fan of anthologies, there's always stories that you love, like and dislike in them so it's hard to review/rate them. That being said, I really wanted to pick this one up. A Sci-fi queer anthology with a cast of great authors and a focus on non-binary characters? Hell yeah.Of course, there's was some stories I loved more than others but there wasn't one I hated! Which is so rare for anthologies. I LOVED Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc in exchange for an honest review.I am not a fan of anthologies, there's always stories that you love, like and dislike in them so it's hard to review/rate them. That being said, I really wanted to pick this one up. A Sci-fi queer anthology with a cast of great authors and a focus on non-binary characters? Hell yeah.Of course, there's was some stories I loved more than others but there wasn't one I hated! Which is so rare for anthologies. I LOVED that they are all sci-fi - it was great bouncing around from universe to universe and getting acquainted with all of the different characters with different personality traits, pronouns, sexualities etc.The book was completely consistent and even though it focuses on the same genre, it didn't feelrepetitive either. The stories have all stuck with me, I really enjoyed Weave the Dark, Weave the Light by Anna Zabo and Twice-Spent Comet by Ziggy Schutz but as I said, there wasn't a story I didn't enjoy. Even though the stories don't connect, they flowed really well together from one to the other. The non-binary characters were written flawlessly into the stories - I would really love to see more books do this. I would also say, there are TW/CW before the book starts and before each story - so if you need to skip a story, you can! This was super useful for me and will be for other readers too.A great read full of character and wonder.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyDNF @ 33%This is a great idea for an anthology but I just couldn't get it into. I read the first three stories and they were okay but ultimately I found them either boring or confusing and I just didn't really connect with any of the characters. These are longer short stories [about 12k each from what I could see] so I would expect them to have a little bit more meat to them but it seemed like nothing was really happening and while I appreciate I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyDNF @ 33%This is a great idea for an anthology but I just couldn't get it into. I read the first three stories and they were okay but ultimately I found them either boring or confusing and I just didn't really connect with any of the characters. These are longer short stories [about 12k each from what I could see] so I would expect them to have a little bit more meat to them but it seemed like nothing was really happening and while I appreciate the representation I also need some action to hold my attention.
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  • Ninosleah
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing book, The stories flow together in a river of joyous fantasy each different but following a similar thread, A brilliant book for anyone wanting to learn more about non- binary without having to read the dull psychology books that fill the non-binary sections of most book stores.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing anthology!Sci-fi and magic with a focus on nonbinary characters, written by ownvoices authors. Each story had me captivated! I'm a big fan of the short story form, and I found myself enthralled by the worlds each author managed to create in such a small amount of words. I haven't read or found anything else out there quite like this anthology, and many of the stories stuck with me for a long time. Twice-Spent Comet and Weave the Dark, Weave the Light have played in my head ever What an amazing anthology!Sci-fi and magic with a focus on nonbinary characters, written by ownvoices authors. Each story had me captivated! I'm a big fan of the short story form, and I found myself enthralled by the worlds each author managed to create in such a small amount of words. I haven't read or found anything else out there quite like this anthology, and many of the stories stuck with me for a long time. Twice-Spent Comet and Weave the Dark, Weave the Light have played in my head ever since I read them. Cannot recommend this anthology enough.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, cometsentire galaxies, evenlive without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender charactersEveryone one of these writers in this collection brings something that made me want to keep on reading their stories. The first short story pulls you in and keeps you in until the A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets—entire galaxies, even—live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender charactersEveryone one of these writers in this collection brings something that made me want to keep on reading their stories. The first short story pulls you in and keeps you in until the very end of the collection as we see the importance of friendship and connection in stories such as ‘Twice-spent Comet’ to the final story ‘Death Marked’ where we see the importance of family. To see such great representation in fiction is rare, so this compilation really is a treat for me, as this book is packed with well formed and really well developed characters that even in these short bursts make for excellent reading and make you yearn for the story in full. For me this is especially true of ‘Twice Spent Comet’ which I feel would be a great graphic novel too, but also stories such as ‘Ink And Stars’ you can’t leave me hanging like that!A brilliant collection of short stories, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a dash of scifi or magical realism that hits right throughout the whole of this book. (I received an ARC from Netgalley for honest review).
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  • Jenni
    January 1, 1970
    "A Queer anthology featuring stories inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets, entire galaxies even, live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories will span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism."I wanted to like this anthology so much more than I did! A fan of short story collections and a member of the lgbt community, it seems like it would be perfect for me. This isn't my first queer anthology "A Queer anthology featuring stories inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets, entire galaxies even, live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories will span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism."I wanted to like this anthology so much more than I did! A fan of short story collections and a member of the lgbt community, it seems like it would be perfect for me. This isn't my first queer anthology rodeo. Unfortunately, I felt this collection was slightly clunky. Of the 9 stories included, I only felt two really stood out. Awry with Dandelions by J.S. Field and Death Marked by Sara Cordair. I feel like perhaps some of the joy of nonbinary characters by authors from their own community was lost on me as a cis person, and there may be a bit more joy and wonder for a nonbinary or trans reader. Or perhaps most the stories were just a vein of magical realism that isn't right for me! It's hard to tell. Either way I'm sure this collection will be delightful in the hands of a reader seeking a more specific nb experience!
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  • Emmalita
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to see Behind the Sun, Above the Moon on NetGalley and delighted to receive it in exchange for an honest review.A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, cometsentire galaxies, evenlive without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender characters.I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an I was excited to see Behind the Sun, Above the Moon on NetGalley and delighted to receive it in exchange for an honest review.A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets—entire galaxies, even—live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender characters.I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I requested this because Anna Zabo is one of the authors I am diving into this year. I was also intrigued by an anthology of non-binary and transgender characters. I enjoyed all of the stories that I read, but I did not read all of the stories in the anthology. I am having a period of high anxiety and in this state, I react more strongly to body horror. Fortunately, there are content warnings before each story and I skipped the ones that said body horror. They may or may not have ratcheted up my anxiety, but I appreciated the option to skip them.The stories I did read all deal with the permeability of boundaries. In J.S. Fields’ “Awry with Dandelions”, Orin (xie) and Mette (she) have a magical connection that puts them in each other’s dreams for a few seconds each night, leaving them feeling physically ill and exhausted. Mette figures out a way to sever the connection, but it must be done in a specific place and time. There’s a heist like feel to the adventure as well as a melancholy about separating from someone who has shared your mind.In S.R. Jones “The Far Touch,” Kel (he), an astronaut, returns to his planet to join his coven for a ritual. Like humans on Earth, the dominant species of his planet seems to be hurtling destruction of the planet. Even back on planet, Kel feels an awareness of the ground under his feet and the space above him. It’s a beautiful meditation on connectedness.My favorite story was Anna Zabo’s “Weave the Dark, Weave the Light.” Ari (they) is a fire witch who feels like a failure. They go ice skating and while out meet a mysterious and dangerous stranger who appears human, but is not.But Ari had a heart of knives and a soul of fire. Of course they’d follow.Ari and Jonathon start an affair that isn’t, they agree, a romance. I’ve read a lot of bad BDSM romances, and I have rarely believed that the author had any idea what they were writing about. Without speculating about Anna Zabo’s private life, they write about bondage and pain play with a realism and ecstasy that I have rarely encountered. Ari and Jonathon may not have been in a romance, but “Weave the Dark, Weave the Light” is a romance with a lovely Happily for Now.“Tell me about stars.”Jonathan did, with words that made sense and ones that didn’t, and then whispered truths in a language Ari didn’t know. About loneliness and eternity. Falling to earth. The song of the universe that still echoed in Jonathan’s ears. Ari shuddered and listened. Cold fire wrapped into their marrow, and that at least they understood.
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  • Leo
    January 1, 1970
    Sci-fi anthology that focuses on E N B Y characters.Welcome to 20TRANSTY.
  • Adjectiveplusnoun
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy this review, please consider visiting my blog for moreI received a free copy in exchange for a review via Netgalley and NineStar Press, all opinions are my ownI think reading two anthologies to review back to back didnt do this book justice, but I still enjoyed the read and loved the opportunity to read own voices works from a variety of people within the LGBTAIQ+ community. I appreciated the thorough content warnings at the beginning of each short story, rather than on the If you enjoy this review, please consider visiting my blog for moreI received a free copy in exchange for a review via Netgalley and NineStar Press, all opinions are my ownI think reading two anthologies to review back to back didn’t do this book justice, but I still enjoyed the read and loved the opportunity to read ‘own voices’ works from a variety of people within the LGBTAIQ+ community. I appreciated the thorough content warnings at the beginning of each short story, rather than on the anthology as a whole, so that readers can make an informed decision if they wish to skip any of the stories because of potentially triggering themes or scenarios. That makes the anthology seem far more explicit than it is—Behind the Sun and Above the Moon simply presents non-binary people as complete individuals, so some of the stories involve sexual content, violence and other realities of human existence. There are nine short stories in this anthology, and the character building among them is almost entirely fantastic. The genre and tone of the stories is also varied—Ink and Stars is a sci-fi adventure meets family drama, Lost/Found is a romantic and poetic coming of age story, and Horologium is a brief history of non-binary pronouns and expression, which looks hopefully to a more accepting future. Because of the incredible breath of styles represented in the authors of this anthology, I have included individual ‘if you liked x’ style recommendations at the end of each mini review. Enjoy!twice-spent comet by Ziggy Schutz is a fantastic start to the anthology. The story is beautiful, with an amazing amount of character development and world-building given the constraints of the short story format. It also provides one of my favourite lines of the anthology:“Being part of something bigger didn’t mean more fear. It meant finally finding something that made the fear feel earned.”The found family trope is one of my absolute favourites, and it’s done spectacularly in twice-spent comet. For fans of: Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid or October Daye novels, Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoFrom Dusk to Dying Sun by Paige S Allen is an odd mix of magical realism and incredibly realised scenes. The pacing is fantastic, and the choice of second person seems made for a non-binary narrator. Similar to: CE Murphy’s Walker Paper seriesBrooklyn Ray’s Lost/Found is straight up poetry, and I loved the small, grounding touches that made Hollis come to life. A second read brings to light the exquisite layers of meaning put into this story, and if it sounds like I’m gushing—I am. Reminiscent of: Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus or Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven CycleAwry with Dandelions by JS Fields brings a lighter note to the anthology, reminiscent of Frank Tuttle’s Paths of Shadow series. This is also the first (but not last) story in the anthology to use ‘new’ pronouns—xie, xir etc. The touches of alien world-building in a futuristic alien settlement were a fun touch in an anthology dealing with some heavy subject matter, and it was a nice palate cleanser before moving on to the next story. Comparable to: Frank Tuttle’s Paths of ShadowSR Jones contributed The Far Touch, which provides some timely commentary on the ease with which we are now capable of destroying the earth—and the need to resist the urge to distance yourself from the people or institutions most likely to do so. I never knew an alien-astronaut-witch could be so relatable. The interactions between the three main characters smoothly raw the short story along, though I wish the ending had been more concrete. Read if you enjoy: the work of Liz Williams Ink and Stars by Alex Harrow was a fun, exciting read, filled with space hijinks, vaguely anti-government/corporation vibes, and interpersonal drama; so obviously I loved it. I’m also going to shout this book out for it’s representation of asexuality in non-sociopathic form, as well as casual polyamorous representation. For fans of: Anne McCaffrey or Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogyHorologium by Emmett Nahil is possibly the strangest story in the anthology, as the main plot is a hyper-realistic dream sequence about non-binary genders through the ages. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable, with enough action and character development on Coeie’s (the narrator’s) part to keep the story from seeming absurd. Reminiscent at times of: RF Kuang’s Poppy WarDeath Marked by Sara Codair was another great entry, and I would genuinely read a novel length work set in the world created around Enzi, their job, and their family. The clash of duty and personal standards with social and familial expectations was well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Similar to: Warbreaker or the Wax and Wayne series by Brandon SandersonThe final story in the anthology is Anna Zabo’s Weave the Dark, Weave the Light; and definitely one of my favourites in the collection (I feel like I’ve said that about fully half this book, but that doesn’t make it any less true!). The magic system more hinted at than explained in this story is beautiful, and the emotional undercurrents woven into the story are set off perfectly by Ari’s blunt, captivating way of viewing the world. Read if you enjoyed: Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee or Karen Marie Moning’s Fever seriesIf you’re a fan of any of the series I’ve listed, or just enjoy sci-fi or fantasy stories with more diversity in gender or sexuality than you might otherwise find, Behind the Sun and Above the Moon will likely appeal. The anthology releases on the 17th of February, 2020.
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  • Jess Crafts
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing anthology of SFF short stories with trans and nonbinary protagonists. the quality here is amazing, I loved every single one of the stories and some of them left me really hoping theyll be turned into novels so I can read more!Twice Spent Comet by Ziggy Schutz *****Found family of prison convicts on an asteroid and space mermaids. Wonderful. Loved all the characters and their relationships. Loved the tech and world building. Loved the writing.From Dusk to Dying Sun by Paige S Allen An amazing anthology of SFF short stories with trans and nonbinary protagonists. the quality here is amazing, I loved every single one of the stories and some of them left me really hoping they’ll be turned into novels so I can read more!Twice Spent Comet by Ziggy Schutz *****Found family of prison convicts on an asteroid and space mermaids. Wonderful. Loved all the characters and their relationships. Loved the tech and world building. Loved the writing.From Dusk to Dying Sun by Paige S Allen *****Two POC Highway patrol officers, pretending not to love each other on the long night drives. But then drivers racing the sun, the sun explodes and magic and shit. Where is the ending? A brilliant short story but PLEASE I want more!Lost/Found by Brooklyn Ray ****This author always has the most gorgeous writing I’ve ever read. A cam star who meets and falls for someone made of starlight. Less plot than the others but great story,Awry with Dandelions by J S Fields ****A dandelion seller who shares dreams with another person crashes a coronation with a plan to stop them. Loved the silvertongued MC and the friendship (though I would have loved MORE of it!), and the worldbuilding though it was confusing at first.The Far Touch by S R Jones ****A witch astronaut meeting up with his coven for a ley line ritual. Soft and quiet, loved the mix of space exploration and earth magic and the feeling of love in the funny but serious moments.Ink and Stars by Alex Harrow *****Space tattoo magic, living-ish spaceships, turn cloak military officers on the run. Another one I really hope gets turned into a full book because of where it ends. EDIT: the author is writing a novel on it. I’M SO EXCITED!Horologium by Emmett Nahil ****A Christmas Carol retelling but on a one person mining space ship in the far reaches of space. Left a little too much unexplained about what was really going on for me to really love it.Death Marked by Sara Codair *****A guard at the ball of their younger sister who is about to inherit the sector, attempting to make up and stop her from getting killed at the same time. Great mix of fantasy and tech. Loved the relationships and worldbuilding.Weave the Dar, Weave the Light by Anna Xabo ****A fire witch meets a being of starlight and their sexual relationship that grows into other things helps them understand who they are and what they want.
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  • iam
    January 1, 1970
    Read the full review on the blog 3.5 stars Lovely queer anthology featuring mostly nonbinary trans characters in stories about magic, stars and the universe.Short stories are a bit of a hit-or-miss for me, and I have to admit that most of these didnt hit the mark for me personally. On the positive side, I didnt actively hated any of them (something that occurs quite often for me with short stories,) it was more of a case of me not quite connecting with them, not getting what they were trying to Read the full review on the blog 3.5 stars Lovely queer anthology featuring mostly nonbinary trans characters in stories about magic, stars and the universe.Short stories are a bit of a hit-or-miss for me, and I have to admit that most of these didn‘t hit the mark for me personally. On the positive side, I didn‘t actively hated any of them (something that occurs quite often for me with short stories,) it was more of a case of me not quite connecting with them, not getting what they were trying to tell me or which feeling they were supposed to evoke.This might also be a case of me not being in the right mindset when I read them.Another thing was that the stories didn‘t go where I expected – or wanted – them to go, which is a very personal issue and not on the authors.Other short stories were amazing, and made me want to read about the settings for entire novels rather than just a short story!Overall I loved what the anthology stands for, and the stories have a ton of potiential. Their themes, characters and moods are spread widely, and any reader will find something in there they love.You can find individual ratings and reviews on the blog I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Terri Jones
    January 1, 1970
    This anthology is no exception to my ongoing love-hate relationship with anthologies, in that I never like very many of the stories well enough to justify the cost. This one's a charity anthology, though, so that merited a purchase, and time. But it'll take me awhile to work my way through these. I am an impatient reader. I ended up enjoying two, which is not terrible for me. 'twice-spent comet' by Ziggy Schultz: There's a ton of worldbuilding in this dreamy blend of science fiction and fantasy. This anthology is no exception to my ongoing love-hate relationship with anthologies, in that I never like very many of the stories well enough to justify the cost. This one's a charity anthology, though, so that merited a purchase, and time. But it'll take me awhile to work my way through these. I am an impatient reader. I ended up enjoying two, which is not terrible for me. 'twice-spent comet' by Ziggy Schultz: There's a ton of worldbuilding in this dreamy blend of science fiction and fantasy. Enjoyed it. 'From Dusk to Dying Sun' by Paige S. Allen: This one's fairly short, and yet punchy, the strangest blend of mundane and bizarre skewing hard to the latter by the end. Loved it. 'Lost/Found' by Brooklyn Ray: Pretty. I found it a little hard to follow, but it's very pretty.'Awry with Dandelions' by J.S. Fields: DNF this one - just did not engage me. 'The Far Touch' by S.R. Jones: Amusing, intriguing, an engaging mix of sf into fantasy, and an ending that was cool. 'Ink and Stars' by Alex Harrow: was unexpected. I loved it. 'Horologium' by Emmett Nahil: I'd have gotten more out of this one had I looked up what the title meant first, instead of last. 'Death Marked' by Sara Codair: this one is about sisters, and pretty good. 'Weave the Dark, Weave the Light' by Anna Zabo: Alas, this one just didn't hold my interest beyond their first meeting.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Nine short sci-fi stories with an LGBTQ slant. Ive always thought, given the level of fantastical imagination in the genre, it feels odd to stick to he and she and things that were considered normal 50 years ago o.O So yes, we have a princess marrying not just one but two women, a non-binary witch falling for a star (and I don't mean a famous person!), and pronouns from they to xie.A couple of the stories didn't quite work for me, but overall this is a great collection full of some intriguing Nine short sci-fi stories with an LGBTQ slant. I’ve always thought, given the level of fantastical imagination in the genre, it feels odd to stick to ‘he’ and ‘she’ and things that were considered ‘normal’ 50 years ago o.O So yes, we have a princess marrying not just one but two women, a non-binary witch falling for a star (and I don't mean a famous person!), and pronouns from ‘they’ to ‘xie’.A couple of the stories didn't quite work for me, but overall this is a great collection full of some intriguing concepts. Full review is up on my blog, and my thanks to Ninestar Press for the ARC.
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  • Joana Morais
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading anthologies, and this one didn't disappoint. It's nice to see so many diversity in one book and all in fantasy stories! I also really appreciated all the stories having trigger warnings at the beginning. My overall rating was 3.6, rounded up to 4. Here's a rating for all the stories:Twice-spent comet by Ziggy Schutz3.5 StarsThe writing in this one was so magical and beautiful, I was ready to read a full novel! Theres all kinds of queer representation and poly relationships, and I love reading anthologies, and this one didn't disappoint. It's nice to see so many diversity in one book and all in fantasy stories! I also really appreciated all the stories having trigger warnings at the beginning. My overall rating was 3.6, rounded up to 4. Here's a rating for all the stories:Twice-spent comet by Ziggy Schutz3.5 StarsThe writing in this one was so magical and beautiful, I was ready to read a full novel! There’s all kinds of queer representation and poly relationships, and mermaids, and found families. The only downside was I was a little confused throughout, but that might be just me.From Dusk to Dying Sun by Paige S. Allen4 StarsThis felt pretty contemporary up to the last few pages but I loved the characters and the relationships between them so much! It’s also written in second person which I always think is super cool.Lost/Found by Brooklyn Ray4 StarsImagine falling in love with a star? That’s it, that’s the tweet. But also positive depiction of sex work!I’d also add a domestic violence TW to the ones listed.Awry with dandelions by J. S. Fields3.5 StarsThis was nice! A little long but I really enjoyed the ending.The Far Touch by S. R. Jones2 StarsUnfortunately this wasn’t a favorite. My biggest pet peeve with short stories is being confused way too further in. I just had to skim half of this.Ink and Stars by Alex Harrow4 StarsThis kept my interest all throughout and I thought the relationships between the characters were super interesting.Horologium by Emmet Nahil2.5 StarsThis was just too complex for a short story in my opinion.Death Marked by Sara Codair5 StarsThis was so good! I loved the characters and the pacing I wish it was a full novelWeave the Dark, Weave the Light by Anna Zabo4 StarsThat was hot, that’s all ... not but really I loved our main character Ari so much.
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  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    It's rare to find an anthology with this many strong stories! There was really only one that I didn't care for, and I think that was more about personal preference than quality. Most of the stories were on the longer side, which means that the authors got to really take their time building their worlds and characters, which I enjoyed. As a ciswoman, I can't speak to the non-binary rep, but I can say that I found the stories to be varied, well-written, and enjoyable.
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  • Kristīne Vītola
    January 1, 1970
    The story by Anna Zabo has an aromantic non-binary MChttps://twitter.com/amergina/status/1...
  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great collection of works! I loved the way there was such a tapestry woven of all the different characters. What a pleasure it was to read stories in which a variety of pronouns were used without great fanfare or explanationThis book is a collection of stories by some well-known authors in the genre. Some names made me immediately interested: Brooklyn Ray and Anna Zabo in particular. I think that Brooklyn's story was one of my favorites. In their story, Hollis Griffen meets Zaniah... a This is a great collection of works! I loved the way there was such a tapestry woven of all the different characters. What a pleasure it was to read stories in which a variety of pronouns were used without great fanfare or explanationThis book is a collection of stories by some well-known authors in the genre. Some names made me immediately interested: Brooklyn Ray and Anna Zabo in particular. I think that Brooklyn's story was one of my favorites. In their story, Hollis Griffen meets Zaniah... a celestial body in an ever-evolving form. Zaniah may be the one being who can love Hollis Griffen in their true form.There's a theme of searching, finding and being found in these stories. It doesn't matter what the subject matter is.... all these characters are on journies. The worlds that are created are vibrant and rich, unique and enticing. In particular, if you're a short story enthusiast I would suggest getting this! You'll enjoy it!
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