Literature: Chicks in Chainmail

Chicks in Chainmail is an fantasy anthology series created and edited by Esther Friesner, and published by Baen Books, that centers around women warriors, usually with humorous tales and with a Chainmail Bikini-clad woman on the cover that gets skimpier with each volume. So far, the following books have been published in the series:

  • Chicks in Chainmail (CiC)
  • Mathemagics - an expanded tale of Riva Konneva, who also has a short story in each anthology
  • Did You Say Chicks? (DYSC)
  • Chicks 'n Chained Males (CnCM)
  • The Chick Is in the Mail (Mail)
  • Turn the Other Chick (TTOC)
  • Chicks and Balances (CaB) Coming in July, 2015
  • Chicks Ahoy (Ahoy; omnibus volume of the three first volumes)

Regular contributors with a page here on TV Tropes have been Esther Friesner, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Eric Flint, Jim C. Hines, Elizabeth Moon, Wen Spencer, Harry Turtledove, and K. D. Wentworth.

Chick the chick tropes

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In "The Thief and the Roller Derby Queen: An essay on the importance of formal education" in Mail by Eric Flint, the story comments on the probable cover of the anthology and the reading habits of its buyers.
  • Formulaic Magic: In "Career Day" in CiC, the protagonist comes from a world where magic is done with mathematical formulas. She brings her daughter's class there on a field trip to observe her in her career as a barbarian swordswoman. When her opponent in a duel cheats by hiring a wizard to help him, the other chaperon on the trip, her daughter's math teacher, counteracts the magic with his knowledge of calculus. It Makes Sense in Context. The stories got an full novel as a sequel, called Mathemagics with this entire premise for the magical system.