Alex Acks

Alex Acks is a writer, geologist, and sharp-dressed sir. They've written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Daily Science Fiction, and more. Alex lives in Denver with their two furry little bastards, where they twirl their mustache, watch movies, and bike. Twitter: @katsudonburi Website:

Brian Jacques’s Redwall and the Damaging Tropes of Epic Fantasy

How Redwall became one reader's first lesson in liking problematic things, and how its damaging tropes drove them away from the series.

2020 Aurealis Awards Finalists

Recognizing Australian SFF and horror, peep the 2020 Aurealis awards finalists in the best science fiction and fantasy novel categories.

7 Hopeful SFF Books, for When You Need Some Optimism About the Future

If you need a little optimism about the future (and who doesn’t?), pick up these hopeful science fiction and fantasy books, including LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford.

The Call is Coming from Inside the Spaceship: 6 Works of Space Horror

The call is coming from inside the spaceship! Get your space scares on with these horror-tastic works of science fiction, including The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling.

8 of the Best New and Upcoming 2021 SFF Books By Black Authors

Grab your TBR list, and get ready to do some preordering or put these 2021 SFF books by Black authors on your library holds list, including Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon.

Got Romance in Your SFF? 8 Romantic Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads

Swords, spaceships, and perhaps a little smooching: these sci-fi and fantasy reads come with a nice side of romance, including The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk.

6 Black Indie SFF Writers You Should Be Reading

Here are some under the radar Black indie SFF writers that deserve way more attention than they're getting. Give their books a look!

#DisneyMustPay: Author Alan Dean Foster Says Disney Is Refusing to Pay Him

In an open letter, Alan Dean Foster claims Disney has refused to pay him royalties owed from the sales of his books.

16 of the Best Standalone SFF Novels From 2019

We're visiting Book Riot's Swords & Spaceships newsletter to get recommendations of 2019 standalone science fiction and fantasy novels.

50 Must-Read Books About Unicorns

Were you the kid with unicorn stickers, notebooks, pencils--all the things? Then you should check out this dazzling list of must-read books about unicorns.