It’s never a good idea for sociologists to fall in love with someone they’re studying-especially if they’re alien sociologists.
Node AR1x40 lives his life on Earth as human Javier Flores, observing and reporting on human behavior as part of The Commonality’s sociological study. When he meets Theo Zedek, a pastry chef and owner of the La Chanson Cafe, Node AR1x40 violates the main parameter of the experiment–he falls in love. And their love may ruin far more than his career.
Told in the style of a scientific research paper, La Chanson de l’Observation is the third in The Space Within These Lines Collection of romantic magical realist, fantasy, and science fiction stories exploring memory and loss in an effort to show that which connects all people, the power of love.
This Science Fiction Romance was first published in Issue 8 of A cappella Zoo, was chosen by guest editor Gina Ochsner for Issue 10, The Best of A cappella Zoo: A Five-Year Retrospective, and in Issue 15 Queer & Familiar: the trans, gay, and lesbian collection.
Bernard M. Cox is a graduate of 2015 Class of Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and received an MFA Creative Writing from Roosevelt University.
He has taught fiction writing, screenwriting, literature, and composition; curated an experimental music concert series called FeedBack; ran a staged reading series for screenwriters; served as Assistant Artistic Director for the Tamale Hut Café Reading Series in North Riverside, IL; and served on the Board of Directors of the University City Arts League in Philadelphia. He currently volunteers in the San Diego LGBT community.
His writing has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Blood and Lullabies, Collective Fallout, Crack the Spine, Red Lightbulbs, and Up the Staircase Quarterly.