Chivalry Is Undead: Kink, Sword Lesbians, and The Locked Tomb

What’s the deal with dykes and swords? From beloved ’90s franchises such as Revolutionary Girl Utena and Xena to She-Ra today, sapphic swordswomen aren’t exactly over-represented, but they show up just often enough that if you’re a certain kind of queer nerd, you’re familiar with the trope. The hashtag #swordlesbian has over 9 million views on TikTok, 2019 gave us viral bisexual sword wives, and last year the independent roleplaying game Thirsty Sword Lesbians raised almost $300,000 on Kickstarter, beating its initial goal fifteen times over.

More than that, Sword Lesbians seem to be having a moment in SFF literature right now. In the last few years books such as Gideon the Ninth, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, and The Unspoken Name have established a subgenre of speculative fiction all about codependent women with swords. These aren’t just stories about swords, they’re stories about queer relationships, kink, the roles we play for one another, and the ways we negotiate them. They’re stories about chivalry.

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The First Annual Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction will be Awarded in 2022!

One of the best questions a writer can ask themselves is: What Would Ursula K. Le Guin Do? Asking this question can lead to inventive, unconventional storytelling, and thought experiments that might result in a better world. And this question will now be on the minds of the jurors of the first annual Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction, which will be awarded next year!

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5 Books for People Who Crave More Vampires

When the weather turns cooler and the nights grow longer, when leaves begin to turn the color of pumpkins, that’s when it comes: the hunger. It starts softly. A horror movie here. A spooky comic there. Then it grows, and if you’re anything like me, before you know it, you find yourself elbow-deep in novels. The hunger never really goes away; it just sleeps. It waits. And vampire books are like vampires themselves: one feeding just isn’t going to cut it.

Vampire fans have been pretty lucky for the past couple of years. Between Stephanie Meyer’s return to the world of Twilight with Midnight Sun and Jay Kristoff’s Empire of the Vampire—the bastard lovechild of The Witcher, Interview with a Vampire, and Castlevania—we’ve had plenty to sink our teeth into. But with everything going on in the world, you might have missed some new vampire books that absolutely deserve to be added to the Bram Stoker canon.

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Horses and Star Trek: Considering Captain Picard’s Saddle

It’s question time here at SFF Equines, and commenter Jazzlet has a good one:

Could you tell those of us who have only ridden other people’s horses a bit about saddles? I’ve seen mention of people with their own saddle, if I remember rightly one TNG Star Trek starts with the Enterprise being completely vacated, but Picard goes back for his saddle and so the story. Anyway that and other mentions made me wonder about saddles, it’s obvious that no one saddle will fit all horses and ponies, but that’s as far as I get.

I was surprised to discover on searching my past articles that I have never actually devoted one to the subject of saddles. I’ve mentioned them in passing here and there, but never done a whole post. That’s a pretty big omission. I will remedy that in the very near future.

In the meantime, I’m captivated by the idea of Captain Picard’s saddle. Here on this very site, a few years ago, Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer wrote about the horsekid side of Star Trek, with special reference to the episode Jazzlet mentioned, “Starship Mine” (The Next Generation, S6 E18). It’s kind of a tragic post. I’m going to mercifully forget that part, and just think about the Captain’s saddle.

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A New Trailer Gives Us a Better Look At Doctor Who’s 13th Season

Jodie Whittaker’s tenure as The Doctor is coming to a close in 2022, with this coming season being her last full run on Doctor Who. The 13th season is a notable departure in a number of aspects, having been fully produced during the pandemic and being an entirely serialized story.

A teaser earlier this month promised that a threat known only as “the flux” was on its way. Now we have a better idea of just what that is.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Renaissance Man”

“Renaissance Man”
Written by Andrew Shepard Price & Mark Gaberman and Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
Directed by Michael Vejar
Season 7, Episode 24
Production episode 270
Original air date: May 16, 2001
Stardate: 54890.7

Captain’s log. Janeway and the EMH are pootling along in the Delta Flyer for a medical conference, the EMH’s opera singing keeping Janeway from sleeping. They encounter a subspace eddy in a Mutara-class nebula. The EMH also says that he thinks he and Janeway should socialize more.

[Fifteen minutes of sleep is all I really need…]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

All the News from This Year’s DC FanDome

This past weekend, Warner Bros. presented DC FanDome, its now-annual giant announcement event revealing its massive slate of upcoming DC universe projects, showcasing a whole bunch of new trailers and first-look clips of the films and TV shows that will be debuting in the next year or so, as well as news and updates about other projects.

Those projects include new TV shows like Peacemaker and Naomi, upcoming movies like The Batman, Shazam 2, Black Adam, and The Flash, and quite a bit more.

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Movie Musical Chairs Continues With New Release Dates for Black Panther 2, The Marvels, Doctor Strange 2, and More

Nothing is writ in stone these days—not book pub dates, and certainly not movie release dates. Disney just announced a slew of release date changes, including new dates for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda Forever, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, and the next Indiana Jones movie. Most are just moving a few months, but some shift into 2023, which still doesn’t sound like a real year.

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