Updated: Jan 10
P. A. Cornell (She/Her)
P.A. Cornell (she/her) is a Chilean-Canadian writer who penned her first speculative-fiction story as a third-grade assignment (for those curious: a science-fiction piece about shape-shifting aliens). While her early publications were in non-fiction, she has been steadily selling her short fiction since 2016. A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) and 2002 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, her stories have appeared in several professional anthologies and genre magazines, including Galaxy’s Edge, Cossmass Infinities, and Little Blue Marble. Her debut novella Lost Cargo was published in September 2022 by Mocha Memoirs Press. A complete bibliography, along with social media links, can be found at pacornell.com.
Lost Cargo by P.A. Cornell
When Parker signed up for the new colony world, they said the journey would be easy; just a nice, long stasis nap, followed by a smooth descent in the landing pods. But when an asteroid impact damages their pod, Parker and her fellow passengers are prematurely launched and left stranded on a wild, uninhabited moon—the remnant of a failed terraforming experiment.
With no way to call for help, the group must race against a rapidly closing window of time to reach an abandoned camp before their slim chance at rescue is gone forever. This journey will be far from easy as the dangers of this alien landscape reveal themselves at every turn, and without a map, the only one who can lead them through it is Parker—but she has her own priorities, and survival may not be one of them.