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OUT OF PRINT: Please check with the authors for access to individually published versions of these fantastic stories!

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, contemp
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Jude in the Stars
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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True Loveislovereview
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, sci-fi, lgbtq
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
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Nicole Field
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: enby-characters
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 a
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Lauren
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, queer, sci-fi
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
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

DNF @ 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 t
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Ninosleah
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Matt
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 s
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leo | 飛べ
Jan 15, 2020 marked it as no-grazie
After reading a thread on the author's toxic behaviour towards AOC specifically, I'm no longer willing to read this book.

Support trans* Black authors and authors of colour instead.
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Victoria
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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

Everyone 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 th
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Jenni
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, sci-fi, fantasy
"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
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Emmalita
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
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Leader of the Pack
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading an anthology. So many unique voices, all in one book! I highly recommend this collection of stories.
Anna
Jun 17, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: stuff-i-wrote
OUT OF PRINT AS OF JUNE 2020.

I plan to release Weave the Dark, Weave the light as a standalone.
Adjectiveplusnoun
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy this review, please consider visiting my blog for more
I received a free copy in exchange for a review via Netgalley and NineStar Press, all opinions are my own


I 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 antho
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Jess Crafts
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 **
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Terri Jones
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.
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Sarah
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 in
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Dom
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5, rounded up to 4 for the awesome representation.

Like most short story anthologies, no matter how relevant the subject matter to my personal interests, Behind the Sun, Above the Moon was hit and miss for me. I'd also more accurately describe this anthology as primarily science fiction with sci-fantasy blends mixed in.

Some stories I absolutely adored: twice-spent comet, a found family story of inmates jailed on an asteroid mining camp, and Death Marked, a story of two siblings reconciling th
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Joana Morais
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 Schutz
3.5 Stars
The 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 m
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Joanna
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Becky
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars overall, rounding up for queer and nonbinary rep. I might add individual story reviews later. For now I'll just say some I loved, some I didn't, as expected from an eclectic collection of different styles. I'm glad I picked it up. ...more
Kristīne Vītola
The story by Anna Zabo has an aromantic non-binary MC
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Charlotte
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 explanation

This 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
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iam
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 t
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Amy
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Rating: 3 stars

This anthology was super high on my TBR list for 2020. 9 short stories written by non-binary authors, with non-binary MCs? Sounds like a dream. I'm so happy a novel like this exists and that I had the opportunity to read and review.

I'll start off by saying that I don't read a lot of science-fiction, as this was a "science-fiction and fantasy" collection, I thought I'd be alright, but pretty much all the storie
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