Here’s a couple of new reviews of my novelette “The New Cambrian” which are quite kind!

From Kierce Sevren:

F&SF Magazine January/February 2014

The New Cambrian by Andy Stewart – a science fiction novelette about failed love on Europa in 2022. I don’t usually like space odysseys because aside from a few key scene descriptions they always read like they could be anywhere - they’re so focused on the adventures and the risks of space travel that they fail to discuss some of the most important parts of the human experience. However, this short story explored both the scenery as though it had been its own character, and it explored the human condition as a focus point rather than a secondary scene requirement. This story deals with love, loss, levels of grief, denial, selfishness, and loneliness. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the end of the story and felt emotionally full and drained at the same time. This is a great story and I’ll be looking for more from Andy Stewart.

And this one from N.J. Magas:

Originally, this one had a far lower rating. It didn’t impress me much on the first read, but after a few nights to think on it (it does make the reader think) I decided it deserves more than what I first thought.

Ty has been having a pretty miserable week. An engineer sent on an advance mission to Europa along with his wife and a team of other scientists, his secret, not-so-secret lover has just died exploring the depths of the moon below its icy crust. Not only that, but Ty’s stomach has been giving him problems; he’s constantly hungry, and something feels like it wants to get out.

This story goes a lot deeper than the words that tell it. Underneath its sci-fi exterior is the tale of a man struggling and failing to cope with guilt and the loss of a loved one, far, far away from anything familiar to him. It’s an incredibly tragic story, with all of its emotion hidden between the lines

 

It’s always encouraging to hear that your work has reached people!

~A