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Prime Meridian

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Love, life, dreams, and a world beyond reach.

Amelia dreams of Mars. The Mars of the movies and the imagination, an endless bastion of opportunities for a colonist with some guts. But she’s trapped in Mexico City, enduring the drudgery of an unkind metropolis, working as a rent-a-friend, selling her blood to old folks with money who hope to rejuvenate themselves with it, en
Paperback, 122 pages
Published by Innsmouth Free Press (first published December 1st 2017)
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: solid
This novella creeped me out. It was a snapshot of stymied dissatisfaction, a life arrested on its course and plunged by force into a stagnancy leading nowhere. If I sound overly flowery, like I'm trying to write a literary-sounding review of The Great Gatsby or some other profoundly uncomfortable classic work, it's because that's what Prime Meridian was like.

Only I don't need any American Lit teacher to tell me, "You see, Gatsby was so influential because it encapsulated the essence of the 1920
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-author
My disappointment in this comes from two main things: 1) It's a novella and when I finished I wished I wanted it to be longer because I wanted all of it fleshed out more. 2) I definitely thought it took place in space (Look, I just auto-downloaded this because it's Silvia Moreno-Garica. I only like skimmed the summary.)

But man, you guys, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is always so freaking good at these morally gray, complicated characters. I can't get over it.

Watch me talk about this book in my December
K.J. Charles
I thought this would be a sf, but although it's set in a crumbling future when Mars colonisation is underway, it's mainly a portrait of a young woman in despair. Amelia dreams of Mars, sells plasma, scrabbles together a living as a professional friend and half-hearted mistress. Vivid, powerful writing in a fully realised world of grinding poverty and wealth gap. Amelia's bleakness, expressed in a detached inability to engage with her lover or sister, is powerfully done, and there is the faintest ...more
Adrian Dooley
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The story of Amelia, a young woman who dreams of moving to Mars which has been colonised. She dreams of the reality of living with Mars and the romantic version in the old films depicting it.

But she is stuck scraping by on Earth in Mexico City, doing odd jobs here and there just to survive, living with her sister and her kids, she spends most of her days in coffee houses drinking the cheapest coffee while using their wifi.
An old boyfriend who broke her heart appears on the scene again and as she
Aug 14, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018, owned, shorts
I find stories like this one strangely transfixing. The protagonist is a very young woman (though she is convinced that 25 is far older than it is) imprisoned in an untenably awful situation by external factors (poverty, economy, lack of family support) as well as internal ones (I'd say depression, and assorted problems related to that). It is a difficult and affecting read where little happens and even less is affected by the character herself: she reacts to events, and even the conclusion depe ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A novella of survival in a very real dystopia of later late-stage capitalism. But also a story of missed opportunities and second chances. Achingly beautiful.
Carla Estruch
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lo único que puedo decir de Prime Meridian es que me ha dejado un vacío en el corazón. "Ciencia ficción realista", así la definiría. La ciencia ficción solo es una excusa para contar una historia que a todas nos ha pasado, un deseo de escapar de nuestra realidad, de huir de lo que nos rodea y que, muchas veces, es nuestra última esperanza de sobrevivir.
Dejad las expectativas a un lado, porque lo que escribe Silvia Moreno-Garcia no se parece a nada de la ciencia ficción que hayáis leído antes.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was not what I expected - at all. I thought I was in for a space exploration story. I got a powerful, emotional portrayal of precarious life in an enormous city, the suffocating weight of a number of tiny things gone wrong, disillusionment and dystopia that's become so commonplace no one sees it as such. All this contrasted with love of 80's movies in their endearing cheesiness. I thought I'd read just a couple of pages, and then I didn't stop reading until the very end.
A Reader's Heaven
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-fiction
Love, life, dreams, and a world beyond reach.
Amelia dreams of Mars. The Mars of the movies and the imagination, an endless bastion of opportunities for a colonist with some guts. But she’s trapped in Mexico City, enduring the drudgery of an unkind metropolis, working as a rent-a-friend, selling her blood to old folks with money who hope to rejuvenate themselves with it, enacting a fractured love story. And yet there’s Mars, at the edge of the silver screen, of life. It awaits her.

I have to start
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I have something in my eye. What a brilliant, forceful story.

Full review to follow.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Prime Meridian is a lovely, quiet science fiction novella.

Amelia is a lonely woman, drifting through an unsatisfying life in Mexico City. She’s wound up living with her bossy older sister and her two nieces in one cramped apartment, while she works a series of odd temp jobs, mostly as someone rich people can hire to be their friend.

But Amelia has dreams. She dreams of Mars. Becoming a Martian colonist requires resources that are far out of Amelia’s grasp, but she’s never given up on the dream.

Jessica Strider
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pros: interesting story, good character development

Cons: limited description

Amelia dreams of heading to Mars, but she can’t afford the flight and doesn’t want to be an indentured servant, so she continues to eek out an existence in Mexico City, making ends meet by doing occasional jobs as a paid friend.

This is a novella funded by an IndieGoGo campaign, which I supported.

Amelia isn’t the most likeable character, as evidenced by her limited Friendrr clientele, but she is an honest one. A string of
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(I received an early ebook copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. My opinions are my own)

Wow. I had no expectations going into this. I knew three things: the cover was gorgeous, it was listed as Sci-Fi, and the main character wanted to go to Mars.

What I got was leagues above and beyond.

The first thing you should know is this is a quick, fast paced story. It's written in the clipped, straightforward style reminiscent of the Lost Generation. This does not mean the writing is not
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A beautiful passionate tale of a twenty-five year old woman in Mexico City who is stuck in life while dreaming of Mars. This novella is where the dream
Of the future keeps you going when everyone else wants you to do what they want. Amazing

Full review -
Bogi Takács
Review soonish IY"H! I should say in the meanwhile that I liked it.

Source of the book: Bought with my own money
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Me encanta el slice of life en la ciencia ficción. Me flipa que esta historia sea sobre una chica y sus trabajos de mierda, su relación arruinada con su hermana, el gilipollas de su exnovio, sus ex-amigas ricachonas que la dejaron de lado y sobretodo sobre el sueño de su vida, irse a vivir a Marte, aunque solo sea para escapar de su vida.
Biz (Formerly Rachael)
”Mars, Amelia’s Mars. Always Mars, in every stolen and quiet moment.”

What a gorgeous novella. Though not without its flaws, this was a sincerely refreshing read and it satisfied my need for a good scifi story.

The world-building is way more exquisite and deep than most novellas and even some full-length novels, and it was believable in a way that I totally believe that the Earth could devolve into this in a few generations. It’s set not in a dystopia, but in a near-dystopian universe where no
Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 10th July 2018

Prime Meridian is a rather quiet novella, following the low-key struggle of life in Mexico City for its protagonist, Amelia, while she dreams of life in the colonies on Mars. There’s no intense action, just an emotional undercurrent of bitterness and the fear that she’ll never escape Mexico City and her life there. There’s an honesty about Amelia’s character — not always likeable, for the reader or for the people around her — but a
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
4 & 1/2 STARS

This third work I’ve read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia confirms that she’s an extremely versatile author: after the violent world of vampires shown in Certain Dark Things, and the frivolously vicious society of The Beautiful Ones, with this novella we explore Mexico in the near future, a future where mankind has established colonies on Mars while on Earth entire areas suffer from a failing economy, their inhabitants struggling in a hand-to-mouth existence that seems to offer little h
This is the second work I've read by SMG and though it doesn't quite reach my love for Certain Dark Things , it was still a solid read.

Prime Meridian is a much quieter story than I was expecting, though again we have the backdrop of Mexico that seems to be part of Moreno-Garcia's MO. In a distant future, we find Amelia: lonely, apathetic, out of options, and dreaming about the day she can finally leave for a Mars colony. She makes money where she can, which is mostly by sitting with an old actr
Claudie Arseneault
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Wow I'm not sure what I expected from Prime Meridian, but this wasn't it. This novella is a raw portrayal of life at the fringes, scraping dollars together, of clinging to a dream when every little thing seems to go wrong. At times it's hard to like Amelia, although to me it stemmed from how much she hated herself, but I think this barrier to really falling for her amplifies the story and gives it an essential depth. She's the kind of character you really root for, even if you'll never call her ...more
Mark Gardner
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I expected a space sci-fi, but ended up with a life drama. I liked the dystopian world that Amelia lives in. It’s so poignant and tells a story we’ve heard time and time again in real life. She was on track for a stable life, and then everything went sideways. The years rolled forward, and she finds herself in a situation many of us face every day. But she still dreams of Mars.

Sometimes, it’s hard to like Amelia, but as in life, no one is perfect, except on Facebook. The relationship between Ame
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ciencia-ficción
Gracias a NetGalley por cedernos el ejemplar de Prime Meridian.

Tenía muchas ganas de leer a Silvia Moreno-Garcia y esta novela no me ha decepcionado en absoluto. El escenario de problemas económicos, trabajos temporales y precariedad que tan familiar puede resultar a los jóvenes de la generación millennial que vivan en los países más castigados por la crisis. Amelia, una protagonista obligada a bregar con una situación familiar y social tóxica. La enorme brecha entre ricos y pobres. El egoísmo,
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novella is an excellent portrait of a person who didn't get the right start in life. Amelia's smart and tough, but she lost her botany scholarship when she took time off to care for her dying mother. Now in her mid-twenties, she lives in a crowded, crime-ridden, near-future Mexico City, eating cruddy vat-grown meat and working as a hired friend for an app called Friendrr. Amelia dreams of forging a new life growing plants in the red soil of Mars. This story is just the right length for what ...more
Olga Godim
Dec 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Not really, no. The protagonist, Amelia, is trapped in Mexico City by poverty and hopelessness. She works low-paying jobs, she doesn’t have a profession, her education is unfinished, and her relationship with her only relative, her sister, is far from excellent. Bitter and angry, Amelia doesn’t like anything about her life. She hates the people surrounding her. She hates herself. She hates the city and the world, and she sees only ugliness everywhere. Unfortunately, that is as far as she goes. S ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this read. I backed Silvia Moreno-Garcia's project to get an early copy of this and I was not disappointed.

Moreno-Garcia is great at writing complex characters that are easy to relate to and in most cases see at least a part of yourself in.

I found myself very invested in Amelia's dream of going to Mars.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tiny little gem, an author to follow. Loved it!
Riley Ashby
This is an exceptional sci-fi novella that hearkens back to the style of Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells. Beautifully crafted.
Part of me wishes this was longer because I want to see Amelia on Mars, but it's also great how it is. Plausible and interesting world-building. I thought the dialogue was especially great. Maybe I should read more novellas?
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prime Meridian is an engrossing novella, set in perhaps the near future in Mexico, and starring
Amelia. She dreams of going to Mars, but I feel that she really wants independence and control over her life and destiny.

The burden of being or feeling trapped and impotent is soul-destroying, but the hope of hope and having a purpose or a goal to work towards feeds the will to live.

I am intrigued by this author, and would like to read more.

*eARC Netgalley*
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Signal to Noise, named one of the best books of the year by BookRiot, Tordotcom, BuzzFeed, io9, and more; Certain Dark Things, one of NPR's best books of the year and a Publishers Weekly top ten; the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award- ...more
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