Markus Sköld

Outpost Eleven

Outpost Eleven is my first story written in english. It’s part of Affront förlags anthology Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep.

The story features Marta — the commander at Outpost Eleven — a deep space station, charged with the task to monitor the massive black cloud at the edge of explored space.

A message is received from the closest station — Outpost Ten — saying that they have detected changes in the cloud. After that, there is radio silence. And then, a member of the crew goes missing.

The story is an independent sequel to Det svarta molnet from Maskinblod 2

Praise for Outpost Eleven

This tale, while firmly space operatic, does convey a sense of fear that is almost Lovecraftian.

— The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation

There were stories that really worked me out in anticipation (Outpost Eleven)

— The Reading Bud

Praise for Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep

Excellent anthology, well worth reading!

— Amazon review by bridgovertroubledH20

Buy this book. Read this book. Review this book. You’ll be glad you did.

—Rainy Day Reads

Scandinavian writers tend to have a dark and twisted side that they show mostly in crime novels, but I was happy to find these tortured characters and worlds in more sci-fi/cyberpunk genres as well in this compilation, with some stories that managed to make me check my door locks twice at night before going to sleep.

—Amazon review by HoneyBadger