‘El is a Spaceship Melody’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 34/200


El is a Spaceship Melody By Maurice Broaddus

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Edition, Issue 244

Finished on 3/4/2018



Issue #244 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies online magazine, a special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4, featuring stories by Yoon Ha Lee, Maurice Broaddus, and Benjamin C. Kinney.

Genres: Fantasy, Space Opera, Sci Fi, Jazz 

Jazz powered Space ships, and the conflicting philosophical ideologies between Improvisational Jazz Rebels and Formulaic Jazz Fundamentalists.

Spoiler-ific review

Here’s a short review for a short story.


Mysteries are afoot upon the Arkestra spaceship. The ship’s AI is showing signs of being sapient. The second-in-command is defying the captain of the ship’s orders and staging a command performance of jazz below deck. A crewman dies mysteriously when an unexpected meteor strikes.

I loved this. It was only a short story, so it was a quick read. I would have liked if the author talked more about the performance-art aspects required to recharge the ship’s jazz-powered batteries.

Stay Sunny!

1 Comment

  1. Good job! Solid review! You are a good reviewer. I need feedback for my work if you want to have a look. I can’t improve without feedback. Since you look like a good reviewer I thought I would ask, sorry if it bothers you 🙂


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