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Angel of Europa by Allen Steele

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“Angel of Europa” is a 2011 science fiction novella by Allen Steele. It is about a double homicide that occurs on the first manned space mission to one of Jupiter’s moons.

Non-Spoiler Summary

Submarine by Riccardo Cuppini, CC 2.0 license

Otto Danzig is one of the members of a very prestigious, international team of scientists who have been chosen to make the first trip to Europa. It is very exciting… at least up until the point that he almost dies in an airlock accident! When he wakes up from that tragedy (six months later) he discovers that 2 of his crew members have died in another very fishy accident – and as team arbiter it is his job to investigate the beautiful and sexy Evangeline Chatelain, who was piloting the deep-sea bathyscape when the 2 men were killed. She claims a sea monster attacked them, but everyone else seems to think she murdered the men – especially since she had affairs with both of them! Juicy! Anyway, as Otto investigates what really happened he discovers several strange occurrences. But will he let the budding relationship between him and the hot French astronaut interfere with his duties and responsibilities to the captain? Hmm… I guess that depends on how much she tempts him!

My Two Cents

  • Story: 4 stars – I really liked this story! It had a little bit of everything: science, adventure, discovery, romance – you name it. It was a blast to read, but the conclusion left me with a few questions – so that kept it from being perfect.
  • Writing: 4 stars – The author did a great job putting together an excellent murder mystery in space. I haven’t read anything from him before, but I enjoyed his style.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – A super fun story with some great science and fiction thrown in… plus a sexy accused killer to keep things extra interesting!

Where To Find Angel of Europa

  • This story was first published in August 2011 by Subterranean Press.
  • You can read “Angel of Europa” for free online at the Subterranean Press web site.
  • You can purchase a printed version of this story at Amazon.com.

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you enjoyed “Angel of Europa” then you might also like “A Spy in Europa” by Alastair Reynolds – about how far a futuristic spy will go to accomplish his devious mission!