ALEMBICAL 3 is the tenth book published by Paper Golem, and the third volume in this series, continuing our mission to provide a much-needed home for novellas. The anthology features three original, speculative fiction novellas by Phobos Award winner Matthew S. Rotundo, Chicago-based author Kam Oi Lee, and robotics professional John P. Murphy. Running the gamut from the complexities of interpersonal relationships in a far future, offworld economy, to a post-apocalyptic future where one old man clinging to a simpler, decent past does his part to restore order, to a robotic, tongue-in-cheek homage to the work of Rex Stout, this anthology celebrates novella length fiction!
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Alembical 3: A Distillation of Three Novellas based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The novella length allows for three stories with substance, more satisfying than the usual short story collection. I particularly liked "Star Reacher" for the fresh alien setting that still rings the notes of the familiar: a rugged small town, the challenging wilderness. A very satisfying collection. I look forward to more from all of the authors.
Am very glad to have found this collection, which shows there is great science fiction still being published. Alembical continues its wining streak with an awesome release. The first story, From Earth I Have Arisen, is a crackerjack post-apocalyptic action-adventure tale. Telling more would be risking spoilers, so let me just say it was gripping from start to finish. Well written and well paced. And the last story, Claudius Rex, is a stunner. Author John P. Murphy pulls off the difficult feat of writing a blended hommage to Nero Wolfe, with just a touch of William Gibson. He combines the old and the new in a clever, stylish way that satisfies Rex Stout fans and science fiction fans. Crisp, intelligent writing that gives the best of both worlds. If you know the Wolfe stories at all, you're bobbing your head in pleasure as each sure-footed step unfolds. Only trouble is, it's going to leave you wanting more, and wishing he'd do it again, it works so well. A very enjoyable read.