Book Reviews

La Chanson de l'Observation by Bernard M. Cox

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Fiction
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 08-April-2013

Book Blurb

It’s never a good idea for sociologists to fall in love with someone they’re studying–especially if they’re alien sociologists.

Node AR1x40 lives his life on Earth as human Javier Flores, observing and reporting on human behavior as part of The Commonality’s sociological study. When he meets Theo Zedek, a pastry chef and owner of the La Chanson Cafe, Node AR1x40 violates the main parameter of the experiment—he falls in love. And their love may ruin far more than his career.

Told in the style of a scientific research paper, La Chanson de l’Observation is the third in The Space Within These Lines Collection of romantic magical realist, fantasy, and science fiction stories exploring memory and loss in an effort to show that which connects all people, the power of love.

This romantic Science Fiction short story was first published in Issue 8 of A cappella Zoo and was chosen by guest editor Gina Ochsner for Issue 10, The Best of A cappella Zoo: A Five-Year Retrospective.

Book Review

“La Chanson de l’Observation” by Bernard M. Cox, the third in his The Space Within These Lines collection is an ingenious story. It’s science fiction, fantasy, and gay romance as well.

It used to be that gay fiction often dealt with forbidden or doomed love simply because one or both of the would-be lovers were LGBTQ. That isn’t the case for the lovers in this story, Javier Flores and Theo Zedek.

Their delightful love affair has to end because one of them isn’t a human being but a “node” posing as one in order to observe what earthly humans do. His falling in love with a human renders him useless as an observer.

From the point of view of the observers, that does make sense. From the point of view of a human, though, it’s also cold, hard, and cruel.

I can’t give away the ending of this excellent story, but I can tell you it left this reader in tears.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 15 pages/5179 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-February-2013
Price $1.99 ebook
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