As long as humans have transported goods and people on ships, we’ve also had pirates, with records mentioning pirates dating back thousands of years. And pirates have captured the imaginations of many a teller of speculative tales. From the open seas to the vastness of space itself, science fiction and fantasy stories are filled with pirates, privateers, and other euphemistically-named thieves and brigands.
In a quest for adventure, we’ve gathered some of our favorite swashbuckling novels for pirates of every persuasion! From alternate history to the far future, each tale has all the action and thrill we look for in a pirate story. Tell us about some of your favorite pirate books in the comments.