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Lots of teenage boys think they're the last person to ever get laid.But for an alien named Vadix, it might just be the truth....

Title : Under a New Star
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ISBN : 11411372
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 15 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Under a New Star Reviews

  • Jillian -always aspiring-
    2019-02-26 12:12

    Confession: before this year, I never read much science fiction. Why? Well, the genre is very convoluted to me, a person who is much more fantasy-oriented than science fiction-oriented.However, I have to say that, if more sci-fi writers wrote like Phoebe North, I would be much more inclined to pick up sci-fi novels. She brings to mind the lush writing of Ursula K. Le Guin, except with a much more accessible flair.Vadix, the alien character in this short story, is a longing, wanting soul. He wants to be with his mate, Velsa, but his studies come first. In a world where mating is as much of a necessity as it is a "recreational activity," Vadix and Velsa, who put their academic goals first, are seen as strange by their siblings and peers -- but still they continue on their paths even as a strange star looming overhead threatens to change their futures entirely beyond what they could imagine. . .I can't wait to read more about Vadix and his future. There is just so much potential for a great story to unfold.So, yes, you should read it because it's free and awesome. My prediction? Phoebe North may just revolutionize science fiction for young adults.

  • Phoebe
    2019-03-13 13:11

    If you like aliens a whole lot, you'll like this story. "Under a New Star" was vaguely based on a dream I had when I was 14 about a teenage alien living in an underground house on the outskirts of a city. One day, I'll start coming up with new material.Not today, though.

  • David
    2019-03-10 15:56

    This is a free short story. I don't read a lot of short stories nowadays, and I'm leery about self-published fiction, but the author apparently has a debut novel coming out, and this was free, so...We aren't immediately told that the main character is an alien and that we aren't on Earth, but the contextual clues alert us pretty quickly. It's one of those stories where much of the experience is trying to figure out what is really going on, as the first-person narrator describes in matter-of-fact terms his life and environment, which is very alien to us and so he doesn't describe what things look like (or what he looks like) the way a human would. Are they humanoid? Are they plant-creatures of some sort? It's never clear. On one level, it's an alien-discovery story, on another, it's an almost medieval tale of a scholar studying in a distant city while his wife/fiancee (or whatever the analogue might be) lives elsewhere.The "new star" is the science fiction element. There is a hint of that tried and true SF short story ending Humans are the aliens! here, though we don't know for sure that humans are involved at all.I struggled between 3 and 4 stars for this. The writing borders on poetic at times, but has a bit of "trying too hard" about it, like "Look Ma, I'm writing literary sci-fi!" That I think was to the detriment of the story, as we're meant to empathize with the struggles of the inhuman, vaguely-described narrator and the tragedy at the end, but the strokes are a little too broad to make out any details, an inevitable challenge in such a short piece. I've definitely read inferior stories published in SF magazines, though, so Under a New Star proves the author has some writing chops. If she writes a full-length (non-YA) SF novel, I'll probably check it out.If you like SF short stories, this free story is certainly worth the 20 minutes or so it will take to read it.

  • T.S.
    2019-03-18 13:11

    As someone who isn't an avid SciFi fan, I went into this read with no real expectations other than my personal association with the writer and her great talent. I finished this piece completely in love with the characters and with an overwhelming desire to know more about their lives and what the future will hold for them. Very well drawn world with flawed characters that while not human, are endearingly humanistic. Absolutely recommend!

  • H
    2019-02-19 10:55

    This is a really short story and it leaves lots of ideas to interpret.I sort of shy away from aliens and spaceships and a 'universe/outer space' setting. The Green Lantern was wasted on me, and I still have the stereotypical image of green aliens landing on earth in a frisbee-like mothership. There's also The Masterchief, who was lost in Mars or some other planet. I think that any guy that looks like this is an alien and I still don't understand why my best friend has his picture on her desktop:But this is about human emotions. The world might be unfamiliar and absurd -though seamlessly written and all the cliche compliments- yet the emotions felt by the blue-purple narrator is disctinctly relatable.READ IT WHILE YOU CAN.

  • Eh?Eh!
    2019-03-04 16:12

    Sci-fi, grief. Also, brief. And free!

  • Rebecca A. Rogers
    2019-02-26 12:10

    I’m not normally a sci-fi person, but I’m always looking for something different. Phoebe doesn’t disappoint. Within a short time span, and through lyrical writing, I actually felt for the main character, Vadix, who feels the pressure to mate with the girl he loves. Instead, he chooses to go to school first, and then they can start their life together. Constantly viewing everyone with their mates only makes Vadix miss his even more. But there’s trouble a thousand miles away, and Vadix’s love is in danger. Can he save her, or does his future carry a bigger plan?

  • Chichipio
    2019-02-21 16:15

    I loved the style. Since I read a lot of UF, I'm used to a more utilitarian kind of prose. This reminded me how much powerful a good idea can be when it's told using beautiful words.I'd like to find out how this new Vadix, a lousk, will deal with what is ahead.

  • Gabry
    2019-02-16 10:02

    This is one of those things where I really want more of it.

  • Megan
    2019-03-13 15:57

    Not so much of a short story as it is a tease. An interesting and original set up that will hopefully turn into a full length novel. More about Vadix and his world, please Phoebe =)

  • Nora
    2019-03-13 15:22

    Hmmm,strange blurb . . . "Lots of teenage boys think they're the last person to ever get laid.But for an alien named Vadix it might just be the truth." Okaaaaaayyy . . .

  • Val
    2019-02-22 13:12

    So bad I couldn't finish it.

  • Natalie Hiller
    2019-03-06 14:22

    Laughably bad.

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-03-17 17:05

    Phoebe, you do not disappoint. Moar plz!

  • Annie
    2019-02-17 11:20

    This is the kind of prose I WISH I could write!