Silk & Steel

Arkady Martine, Claire Bartlett, J.Y. Yang, Jennifer Mace, Django Wexler, Ellen Kushner, K.A. Doore, Amal El-Mohtar, Aliette de Bodard, Janine A. Southard, Yoon Ha Lee, Freya Marske

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ short stories
adventurous inspiring reflective medium-paced

missing page info | first published 2020

A whole anthology of queer SFF stories, featuring warrior women... and the courtly ladies who love them.

Princess and swordswoman, monk and martial artist, scholar and mecha pilot. These stories of high adventure feature one weapon-wielding woman and one woman whose strengths lie in softer skills, but who is just as powerful in her own right. You'll see swords, duels, smugglers, dance battles, and even Ruritanian scifi!

Silk & Steel will be an anthology of queer, SFF, short fiction. We've lined up 9 authors so far, professional editor extraordinaire Janine A. Southard, and cover artist Alexis Moore.

What the community thinks

summary of 10 ratings (see reviews)


adventurous 87%
lighthearted 87%
emotional 50%
funny 50%
hopeful 50%
inspiring 25%
relaxing 25%
informative 12%
mysterious 12%


fast 62%
medium 37%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 57% | Yes: 28% | No: 14%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 85% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

It's complicated: 50% | N/A: 16% | No: 16% | Yes: 16%

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