Cavernauts by David Bartell

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Two men journey deep into Jupiter's moon Callisto to rescue a beloved teammate. Can this fractured team manage to reunite itself before time runs out? And just what wondrous but deadly secret is hidden at the bottom of the frozen cavern?

”Cavernauts” is a novelette originally published as the lead story in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March 2009, with an illustration by the incomparable Vincent Di Fate.

Trade Reviews:

“Tense… quite an adventure… Some of the imagery is awe-inspiring… the wonders of the universe are beautiful as well as deadly, and are eternally of a more fantastic nature than we can ever imagine.” - Tangent

“Gripping adventure… enjoyable… smoothly written” - The Fix

“A rousing adventure tale… RECOMMENDED” - Internet Review of Science Fiction (IROSF)

“An exciting tale … inventive … a good finish” - SF Revu

Analog Reader Comments:

”Love Cavernauts! !!!!”

”Excellent story"

“Good story! Has a Robert Heinlein combo Arthur Clarke feel to it.”

“A nicely old-fashioned problem story”

“I loved David Bartell’s ‘Cavernauts’!” - Analog reader, via Brass Tacks (letters to the editor, Analog magazine)

A Russian translation of CAVERNAUTS has appeared in the Russian SF magazine ESLI. Much more information at:

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Published October 25, 2010 31 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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