Chicks and Balances

ORIGINAL ANTHOLOGY featuring rollicking, tongue-in-cheek tales of women warrior fighting against the stodgy and in the name of freedom of expression, Chicks in Chainmail style!

Continuing a great tradition, Chicks and Balances is not what you might think (or it is what you think, depending on which way your mind runs). What we have here is a bunch of perfectly healthy women who happen to be of the brass-bra-wearing and chain-link bikinis sort. Each is fighting in her own way for the freedom to express herself--often by thrusting sword through a censor's black heart! Be glad, the chicks in chainmail are back, and they will not be oppressed, repressed, or depressed!

All new adventures of fearless women warriors by Eric Flint, creator of the Ring of Fire alternate history series; Nebula-winning author Harry Turtledove; Jody Lynn Nye, co-author of the national best seller The Ship Who Won; Campbell Award-winner Wen Spencer, and many more, including the inimitable Esther Friesner herself, as fantasy adventure takes a turn for the lighter side.

Cover Art by Tom Wood

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, July 2015

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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New York, NY 10020

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN-13: 978-1-4767-8063-4
eISBN: 978-1-62579-403-1

Copyright 2015 by Esther M. Friesner and Stonehenge Art & Word.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

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Story Copyrights

Introduction copyright © 2015 by Esther Friesner
“A Chick off the Old Block,” copyright © 2015 by Jody Lynn Nye
“The Girls from the Hood,” copyright © 2015 by Jim C. Hines
“Smackdown at Walmart,” copyright © 2015 by Elizabeth A. Vaughan
“The Mammyth,” copyright © 2015 by Harry Turtledove
“Give a Girl a Sword,” copyright © 2015 by Kerrie L. Hughes
“Bite Me,” copyright © 2015 by Steven Harper Piziks
“Dark Pixii,” copyright © 2015 by Wen Spencer
“A Warrior Looks at 40,” copyright © 2015 by Julie S. Mandala
“Roll Model,” copyright © 2015 by Esther Friesner
“Second Hand Hero,” copyright © 2015 by Jean Rabe
“Burying Treasure,” copyright © 2015 by Alex Shvartsman
“Calling the Mom Squad,” copyright © 2015 by Sarah A. Hoyt
“Rabid Weasels,” copyright © 2015 by Robin Wayne Bailey
“A Girl’s Home Is Her Rent-Controlled Castle,” copyright © 2015 by Laura Resnick
“. . . And Your Enemies Closer,” copyright © 2015 by Lee Martindale
“Knot and the Dragon,” copyright © 2015 by Patricia C. Hodgell
“The Rules of the Game: A Poker Boy Story,” copyright © 2015 by Dean Wesley Smith
“Beginner’s Luck,” copyright © 2015 by Linda Donahue
“One Touch of Hippolyta,” copyright © 2015 by Laura Frankos
“Saving Private Slime,” copyright © 2015 by Louisa Swann
“Unearthing the Undying Armor,” copyright © 2015 by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
“Fashion and the Snarkmeisters,” copyright © 2015 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch