Comments for The Overseer
The third story, "The Overseer" by Albert E. Cowdrey, in the March issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is the cover story.
After having so enjoyed "The Recreation Room" in the October/November issue, I was looking forward to Cowdrey's novella. I have to admit that it disappointed me. Much of the story is written as a confession as a first hand account by antihero Nicholas Lerner. The problem is that I didn't think Lerner's voice was as strong or engaging as Cowdrey's descriptions of the events in the present day parts. Unfortunately for me two-thirds of the novella are this written confession / flashback.
The ending was satisfying with the same turn around that "Recreation Room" has but coming at the very end of a much longer piece the surprise wasn't enough to win me over to loving the story as a whole.
For more on the story, please see the interview posted the magazine's blog.
Read the reviews at
Stories by Albert E. Cowdrey reviewed here