Prime Meridian

Amelia dreams of Mars. The Mars of the movies and the imagination, an endless bastion of opportunities for a colonist with some guts. But she’s trapped in Mexico City, enduring the drudgery of an unkind metropolis, working as a rent-a-friend, selling her blood to old folks with money who hope to rejuvenate themselves with it, enacting a fractured love story. And yet there’s Mars, at the edge of the silver screen, of life.

It awaits her.


“I’d also give the highest recommendation to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novella, PRIME MERIDIAN, a subtle and powerful tale of Mars, movies, and Mexico City which stands amongst the best novellas of the past few years.”


“[PRIME MERIDIAN] ekes out its own unique space as an elegant novella that deserves to be recognized as more than a genre expression.”

Achilles, Powder & Lead

“PRIME MERIDIAN is a haunting novella that swept me away with its dream of Mars.”

The Illustrated Page

"PRIME MERIDIAN by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a beautifully low-key novella set in the near-future where a young woman struggles in the gig economy and dreams of moving to Mars."


“Although this functions as a standalone, there’s more than enough room for a sequel. I hope to encounter Amelia again in some future work by Moreno-Garcia.”

James Nicoll Reviews

“It’s wrenching in a way that has nothing to do with big worldwide events or apocalyptic calamities. It’s just about people, and the hope of getting out.”

Breathes Books

“I enjoyed this book [...] The sci-fi aspect was more of a subtle theme than a major plot point and I really liked that. It focused on real circumstances faced by those who aren’t privileged to be living luxuriously.”

Self-Written Exposé

“Melancholy and wise. I strongly recommend it.”

Indrapramit Das, award-winning author of The Devourers

“I would love to read a sequel to this thought-provoking story as I find myself wondering about the character and what happens next. Recommended for fans of literary fiction.”

S.J. Higbee, author of Running Out of Space