Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) edited by Catherine Lundoff. ★★★
Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is a speculative fiction anthology about pirates. Many of the stories veer towards fantasy, but others are solidly science fiction, involving aliens or piracy between dimensions. While the anthology isn’t explicitly LGBTQ, many of the stories feature lesbian, gay, bi, or trans pirates.
This review is going to be on the short side; I just don’t have a whole lot to say about Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). The fifteen short stories in the anthology tended to blur together into a mishmash of pirate tropes. I didn’t hate any of the stories, but I didn’t fall wildly in love with any either.
The story I liked the most was A.J. Fitzwater’s “The Search for the Heart of the Ocean,” a sequel to “The Wild Ride of Untamed Stars,” originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I read “The Wild Ride of Untamed Stars” over the summer and found it cute and whimsical. The same holds true for “The Search for the Heart of the Ocean,” in which a dapper capybara pirate captain is out searching for a new jewel to place in the Rat Queen’s crown.
Also worth mentioning, Elliot Dunstan’s “Andromache’s War” revisits the Trojan War and the Odyessy. Andromache, the wife of Hector, is taken for a slave, but on the way back Greece, she pushes the captain overboard and manages to seize control of the crew for herself. I tend to be interested in feminist retellings of classical myths (I’m only two classes away from a classics minor), so I was glad to see “Andromache’s War” in the collection.
Judging by other reviews, I’m in the minority opinion on Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). It probably just comes down to a matter of personal preference, and the anthology may appeal more to readers with a stronger interest than me in pirates.
I received an ARC in exchange for a free and honest review.