I’m happy to announce my story “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” now appears in the Czech magazine XB-1. I share the TOC with Jason Sanford, Mercurio D. Rivera, and Will McIntosh, among others. This marks my third appearance in the magazine. Also, the cover is amazing!
“A story about scale and abuse and the hope for a better world, ‘The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies’ by Matthew Kressel is a wheat ale, full of the taste of wide open spaces and clean air and enough of a bite to remind you that the world is alive and growing….Aya and her people are completely inhuman in form, in motion, and yet like all my favorite science fiction stories, this one does an incredibly job of showing the human in an alien character, in showing with golden clarity the scale and scope of our existence, just a drop in an endless sea, and yet regardless of size that life and sentience need to be respected. That abuse doesn’t have to be handed down. That somewhere there might be a place for those who don’t fit in. Like a wheat ale, the story is perfect for summer, looking out on clear skies and feeling a little better about the world.”
You can read the full review here.
This week Best SF reviews “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies“, my story that appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine in the May issue, #104, and they have nice things to say:
“A standout story to open the issue…Kressel succeeds in that most difficult of things – creating an entirely non-human setting with which the reader is able to engage…Kressel’s writing is excellent, and he creates an altogether alien setting without resort to fanciful word creation…All in all, a great read, and I’m putting the story on the shortlist for the Best SF Short Story Award 2015.”
I’m of course happy to see the story getting some attention.