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The Soft Landing Collection: Sapphic Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories

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Visit worlds with mermaids trapped in zoos, floating continents that block out the sun, curses that sprout flowers from your skin, astronauts on dying spaceships, and forests haunted by hungry bog witches. Five short stories that revolve around the love between women and the fantastical world they inhabit. Sagas of a mermaid fascinated by the enclosure next to hers. A geniu Visit worlds with mermaids trapped in zoos, floating continents that block out the sun, curses that sprout flowers from your skin, astronauts on dying spaceships, and forests haunted by hungry bog witches. Five short stories that revolve around the love between women and the fantastical world they inhabit. Sagas of a mermaid fascinated by the enclosure next to hers. A genius young woman trying to reach a stranger in the sky. A bog hag threatening to eat a princess that can’t seem to stay away from her. Astronauts conversing as one hurtles into Jupiter’s atmosphere on a doomed voyage. A woman cursed to grow flowers from her skin when kissed and the knight that promises to save her. Inspired by fairy tales, folklore, classic science fiction, and more. Love is all around us—and more magical than ever in these tales of overcoming the obstacles that keep us apart.


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Visit worlds with mermaids trapped in zoos, floating continents that block out the sun, curses that sprout flowers from your skin, astronauts on dying spaceships, and forests haunted by hungry bog witches. Five short stories that revolve around the love between women and the fantastical world they inhabit. Sagas of a mermaid fascinated by the enclosure next to hers. A geniu Visit worlds with mermaids trapped in zoos, floating continents that block out the sun, curses that sprout flowers from your skin, astronauts on dying spaceships, and forests haunted by hungry bog witches. Five short stories that revolve around the love between women and the fantastical world they inhabit. Sagas of a mermaid fascinated by the enclosure next to hers. A genius young woman trying to reach a stranger in the sky. A bog hag threatening to eat a princess that can’t seem to stay away from her. Astronauts conversing as one hurtles into Jupiter’s atmosphere on a doomed voyage. A woman cursed to grow flowers from her skin when kissed and the knight that promises to save her. Inspired by fairy tales, folklore, classic science fiction, and more. Love is all around us—and more magical than ever in these tales of overcoming the obstacles that keep us apart.

30 review for The Soft Landing Collection: Sapphic Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shan capshancomics

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I need more!!! This is such a perfect collection of sapphic short stories!! They were all unique, different genres and tones, and I completely loved every single one! I’m going to rank each short story and give a review because I have a lot of feelings after reading this. The Glass Window 5/5 I loved this first short story! I am such a massive sucker for ‘the pretty one falls for the scary one’ and this one made me go feral. The world-building was intriguing, with the story being set in a wo I need more!!! This is such a perfect collection of sapphic short stories!! They were all unique, different genres and tones, and I completely loved every single one! I’m going to rank each short story and give a review because I have a lot of feelings after reading this. The Glass Window 5/5 I loved this first short story! I am such a massive sucker for ‘the pretty one falls for the scary one’ and this one made me go feral. The world-building was intriguing, with the story being set in a world where mythical creatures not only exist but are trapped in zoos. I thought that I wouldn’t really vibe with this concept but it worked petty well. The characters were FANTASTIC! I appreciated that there wasn’t only one kind of mermaid used. There was Paria who appeared more like a common mermaid and then we had Riga a spooky deep sea mermaid! Paria was a perfect protagonist, I loved her attitude, how fed up she was with how she’s made to act and her voice. I completely loved Rigas character she was so interesting both in the way she acted and how she looked. She felt so sure of herself and tough, I just have a lot of love for the scary merlady. The relationship that bloomed between them was so wholesome! The way they used tapping to communicate through the glass that separated them. Paria and her almost naive nature to the world vs Riga who felt more mature. The way they talked all night and bonded about their lives. The moment when they were finally together, not separated by the glass was the best part, very romantic. This story definitely deserved a 5/5. Little Lights 4.5/5 This story was so unbelievably sweet I nearly teared up throughout. This is great because I’m not a fan of childhood friends to lovers, but I loved this one. The world in this story is interesting, my only issue was that it was hard to get a hold of at first. I started seeing it one way to read about hover cars and suddenly change how I was seeing it in my head. But once I pst the beginning I was fine. The floating cities were such a cool idea! I loved the way the floating cities sent lanterns down while the people on the ground sent up planes. The relationship between Winnie and Daisy was incredibly wholesome. What began as them being penpals from two different worlds grew to them falling in love. Winnie turning away from the future she was forced into only her to fly herself up to the continent. Just so she can finally be with the one person that kept her going was perfection. Their chemistry was believable with the development of their relationship over the story. Really lovely too. Like watching them grow up together and see how their lives changed and affected them worked too. This was just just a really wholesome story, and throughout the whole thing, I was just rooting for Winnie. I just wanted her to be happy and be with Daisy. ;-; The Bog Hag 5/5 I don’t know what to say about this story other than; this is my shit! This is such a beautiful dark fairytale with a melancholy tone and felt close to the type of thing I’d write. The relationship between the scary bog witch and the curious foreign princess was brilliant. I loved that it was from the witches point of view, her snarky attitude was brilliant and she felt very wise. I loved Tuck she was such a lovely and mischievous character, I loved their interactions so much. Especially when she was looking after Tuck and giving her her blessing! Tuck winding up the witch and showing no fear, while the witch grew to like her. They were so sweet and they deserved a happy ending. Especially Tuck I felt so bad for her situation (even though it feels accurate for the time). Forced into a marriage, to stay away from the witch and to have many heirs even though her first nearly killed her. The ending was perfect, the way they ended up together the way she changed and how it was hinted at earlier. It's a wonderfully written fairytale that subverted what you expect from the genre. Plus I have a soft spot for mean scary women who actually have a sweet side ;-: N now I will happily blow a kiss at the woods for the two bog witch wives. We Deserve a Soft Landing, Love 5/5 Up until this story, I was having a good time. Enjoying the different genres, characters and romances. I was vibing. THEN I read this and had my heart ripped out of my chest, crushed And broken. I loved every second of it. This was heart-wrenchingly bittersweet. Sarah comforting and bonding with Lotte was sweet and heartfelt. But hurt like hell as Lotte is getting pulled into Jupiter’s atmosphere with no chance of survival. There is overwhelming loneliness and dread that is in the background of the story. I thought I was okay till I got to the last two pages. BUT NO! IT BROKE ME COMPLETELY. At least Sarah decided to live on in a way that Lotte would have liked. My heart is still destroyed beyond repair tho. Flower Crown 6/5 Is that rating possible? I don’t know and I do not care! Flower Crown restored my heart! It was a perfect Fairytale with (just my opinion) the best protagonist in the book. Lina was phenomenal I loved her character so much! AND it had a strong-willed princess and lovely lady knight falling in love. Which I loved very much!!! Mary was such a perfect love interest. I was worried she would just be a side character Lina shared her first kiss with. BUT NO. This woman spent her life training to be a knight and researching how to stop Lina's curse. WIFE GOALS. If that isn’t true love then I don’t know what is. Her personality was extremely lovable, I loved her sense of humour and how she and Lina wound each other up. This story was much longer than the others and I’m glad or it. It’s a fleshed-out fairytale story with characters that felt fully developed. The curse itself was super interesting I agree with Mary of course. It was romantic, painful. But romantic. The world and like lore of the land made sense and was super interesting. Her childhood and showing how she changed and almost lost hope was done great. Especially the loneliness and frustration that comes with being cursed and touch starved. My favourite part (well one of them) was when she kept telling the knights to basically piss off. I love how she handled it, and handled being alone. But the ending was the cherry on top! The fact cranky was the fairy queen was a brilliant twist that I didn’t see coming! The journey to th heart was incredible and the perfect spooky fairytale atmosphere! MARY CHOOSING TO SHARE HER LIFE FORCE WITH HER. Their first kiss with Lina not bursting into flowers was SO SWEET. Overall Verdict 5/5 This was an amazingly written collection of sapphic sf/f stories. Each story was unique, had different tones, character types and relationship dynamics. I really loved how no story felt the same. If I had to choose Flower Crown or The Glass Window was probably my favourite but they’re all brilliant. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all readers that want great sapphic stories. I just think that Jacquelynn Lyon is an incredibly talented writer and I can not wait to read what she writes next!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheetie

    I absolutely love every story in this collection! The writing style is witty and all the characters feel very real and relatable. I don’t think there’s been a single story by this author that I haven’t been completely enthralled with and I can’t wait to see what more amazing work she will come out with!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jules :)

    It was really good! I really loved it and each of the little stories were so cute 1: 4/5 CUTE AF 2: 4/5 E DATING 3: 5/5 GO LESBIAN MOMS 4: 4/5 SO SAD WTF 5: 4/5 FLOWER KISSES

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lísa Margrét Jónsdóttir

    Amazing collection from an amazing author. I had previously read some short stories by her that she posted online and got super excited when I saw there was a physical collection coming out. The author has really stepped up, creating these amazing characters and short stories that still completely grab you. Definitely an amazing read I will go back to again and again and I reccomend anyone that even has the mildest interest reads.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Selina

    I came across this on social media and bought it because it sounded interesting, an I absolutely LOVE it. The writing is fun and easy to read and the characters are pretty relatable. I would definitely recommend everyone to read this collection of short stories!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul Shen-Brown

    More, please... This is a really enjoyable collection of stories, mostly from the point of view of young women growing up and discovering themselves. The language was anachronistic in spots, but otherwise great fun. I want more from this author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yi-nan Zhang

    What a charming debut from a promising young writer! There are five short stories in this collection, each one stronger than the last. So much of science fiction and fantasy is centered around men; it's refreshing to see something exploring the lives of girls and women. The cover artwork is lovely as well. What a charming debut from a promising young writer! There are five short stories in this collection, each one stronger than the last. So much of science fiction and fantasy is centered around men; it's refreshing to see something exploring the lives of girls and women. The cover artwork is lovely as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    If you asked me which of these stories was my favourite, I wouldn't be able to pick just one. Incredible, moving, and beautiful. If you asked me which of these stories was my favourite, I wouldn't be able to pick just one. Incredible, moving, and beautiful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emmett

    I loved "A Glass Window" and "We deserve a soft landing, love"! (These stories are 5 stars!) I also did really enjoy "Little Lights" but it was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning, but it might have just been me because the clothes descriptions at the beginning just shook me with dysphoria, so that's a me problem (but hey its good writing if I can really feel that I suppose!). Putting 4 stars instead of 5 because I did struggle a little with "Flower Crown", it was really hard to ge I loved "A Glass Window" and "We deserve a soft landing, love"! (These stories are 5 stars!) I also did really enjoy "Little Lights" but it was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning, but it might have just been me because the clothes descriptions at the beginning just shook me with dysphoria, so that's a me problem (but hey its good writing if I can really feel that I suppose!). Putting 4 stars instead of 5 because I did struggle a little with "Flower Crown", it was really hard to get into, and was much longer than the others. I liked it a little more towards the ending, but I had a really hard time feeling for Lina.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)

    The average of the ratings I gave the individual stories was just below 4.5, making it a very strong collection by my standards. By far my favorite of the five stories was the first, "The Glass Window." I'm a sucker for mermaids, and this one had an Ariel-type mermaid right next to a deep sea scary mermaid (*insert some meme about goth gfs here*), which is even better. I love the worldbuilding framing the story and especially the voice of the protagonist. "Little Lights" was my least favorite, tho The average of the ratings I gave the individual stories was just below 4.5, making it a very strong collection by my standards. By far my favorite of the five stories was the first, "The Glass Window." I'm a sucker for mermaids, and this one had an Ariel-type mermaid right next to a deep sea scary mermaid (*insert some meme about goth gfs here*), which is even better. I love the worldbuilding framing the story and especially the voice of the protagonist. "Little Lights" was my least favorite, though still solid. The story just couldn't quite make the floating city work believably for me. "The Bog Hag" felt like the kind of story I would write, all fairytale tropes and subversion. Then "We Deserve a Soft Landing, Love" ripped my heart out—in a fantastic way—I didn't expect any sad stories from this collection, but this was wonderfully written despite its rocky start. The final story in the collection, "Flower Crown," is significantly longer than the others. Unfortunately, I think it suffered for it. I think a lot of the problems I had with it (mostly about the parent characters coming across as very clunky) could have been avoided by paring it down. I definitely recommend this collection, though by my estimate the first story in it is the best thing it offers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aida

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liddia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura Morgan-Saxby

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Byrd

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelynn Lyon

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jax

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rj

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

  20. 4 out of 5

    alice✨

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kaspian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eve

  23. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Juszynski

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin Podolsky

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elysse

  27. 4 out of 5

    guinevere

  28. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Torborg

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