The Scourge Between Stars

Tor Nightfire. Apr. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781250834683. pap. $16.99. SF
DEBUT Both eldritch and mundane horrors stalk the decks of the generation ship Calypso as it makes its way back from a failed colony on Proxima B, carrying its passengers to an uncertain future on the Earth their ancestors left centuries ago. Acting Captain Jacklyn Albright is doing the best she can to keep her ship heading home, in spite of meager fuel, dwindling supplies, sinking crew morale, and random attacks from invisible enemies. It gets even worse—someone is stalking the crew, leaving behind eviscerated, half-eaten bodies. Jack has to rally her fractured team to eliminate the threat in order to have any chance of reaching home. The creeping horrors are all too real even before the aliens are revealed. Out of food, fuel, hope, and options, Jack feels failure stalking her at every step, only to discover it’s a xenomorph after all. Following in Jack’s desperate footsteps will have SF, horror, and thriller readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see what explodes out of where next.
VERDICT Brown’s debut novella is highly recommended for readers who like their science-fictional thrills to be both real and out of this world at the same time.
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