A Feast for Flies


A Feast for Flies is by author Leigh Harlen. A sapphic space noir novella taking place on a generation ship, it is a story of preserving your humanity in the face of corruption and prejudice.

Cover illustration by Vitaliy Ostaschenko

Publication date: November 14, 2023



Zira once had a life. A girlfriend. A favorite bar. A hairstyle. And a secret. But when her father sells her out as a Reader, she has to leave every part of that old life behind. Now she’s forced to work for law enforcement, reading and erasing memories of those who violate the Golden Nova’s few and corruptly enforced laws. She’s hated and feared by everyone who would prefer to keep their memories private and intact. The only thing making her new life bearable is her working partner, Bea, her service dog who has the ability to shut out all the thoughts of the people around her.

When Zira makes the decision to omit a memory from a report to protect a stranger, it arouses suspicion. Suddenly she’s in trouble at work, and a vindictive casino boss and the queen of a massive drug empire are vying to get her under their control. Caught between three corrupt factions and the vacuum of space, can Zira keep her loved ones safe, and be able to live with herself in the end?


It’s not just the queerness, but  the way characters interact with each other. The  tensions of an antagonistic relationship, the pull  of a romantic relationship, the honesty of a deep,  true friendship. All I want in life is to hang out with  Marlyn and Zira and Bea at Marlyn’s bar, drinking  beers and telling stories.”
— Alex Brown, Locus Magazine

“Dystopian spaceship + the disability-informed take on psychic powers that you always wanted (you wanted that, right?) + emotional support animal not played for laughs. And a twisty crime story on top of that. Very cool.”
— Bogi Takács, author of The Trans Space Octopus Congregation

“This novella honors the stakes of a noir and the world-building intricacy of ship-bound space sci fi for something truly thrilling.”
— Ladz, author of Ice Upon a Pier


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