Before I even read one word I was impressed by the sheer beauty of this book. The cover art and presentation is superb [. . .] It’s not just the picture on the front however, it’s the sheer feel of this enormous volume, a physical presentation that endows it with an air of gravitas, a sense that you have something important in your hands.
[The tales in Experiments at 3 Billion AM] are masterpieces of subtlety and suggestion, electric with emotional power, brimming with inventiveness, enigmatic, inconclusive and delicately drawn, touching, without being sentimental, evocative and often deeply unsettling and shocking. This then is that rare achievement, great writing and great story telling.
Djbril, The Future Fire – http://tff-reviews.blogspot.com/2009/05/zelenyj-experiments-at-3-billion-am.html
It is difficult to pigeonhole the stories genres as Zelenyj is able to draw from a very extensive palette, enabling his prose to create a wide variety of colours and moods; this is some of the best slipstream fiction I have read for a while. [. . .] Unconstrained by genre or convention he lets his imagination roam across an impressive variety of environments - from horror, science fiction and poignant stories of everyday sadness, but always with an innate sense of wonder and a deep humanity running like a gossamer thread throughout. He mixes his genres with the hand of an expert producing some really emotive pieces, sometimes melancholy, sometimes hopeful but always interesting.
Charles Packer – Sci-Fi Online http://www.sci-fi-online.com/00_revs/r2009/book/09-03-20_experiments3am.htm
Science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream and relentless re-combination, Zelenyj does it all with a narrative clarity that makes for fast, enjoyable reading. The B&W interiors by Rix are classy and reminiscent of a seventies style of science fiction illustration.[ . . .] Expect great writing, a lot of it, at a bargain price. And thanks UK independent Eibonvale Press for the favor.
The Agony Column - http://trashotron.com/agony/index.html
I was pleasantly surprised at both the writing and the unusually tender nature of what the editor chose for the lead off entry: this thing could go anywhere from here . . . and it does.
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EXPERIMENTS AT 3 BILLION A.M. surprised me from beginning to end. While it took me a while to get through its massive length (and the few head-scratchers), the majority of this fine collection is quite impressive, especially coming from an author I knew nothing about. Recommended.
Nick Cato - The Horror Fiction Review
For the record, Alexander Zelenyj's brilliant and bizarre Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. is a must-read. Zelenyj’s fiction is both startling and a genuine comfort; his poetic tales accomplish the seemingly impossible by granting his reader the opportunity to experience the world through eyes wholly new. The slipstream stories contained herein are unique and simply extraordinary. Captivating, charming, and a challenge to our preconceived understandings of life, love, and all things both worldly and otherworldly, the weighty Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. is a tome to be treasured.”
- Brian A. Dixon, author of Arcadia In Ashes
I was immediately entranced with this book. The writing is excellent. The images are compelling. The titles alone are fascinating (for example: The Snow Robins Fly Between Heaven and Hell). The book begins with a beautiful story about an old man who makes a disturbing and/or wonderful discovery one day in his potato garden, and earns a new appreciation for life.
It's Dark in the Dark
“Mr. Zelenyj has an eloquent style of writing that gives each story a unique dark flavour and his vivid imagination brings the characters to life for the reader and takes them places they would never expect to go. Some of the stories pull on the heartstrings as they bring the reader close to the characters, but each story has its own dark place - some with brutal toothy malevolence while others are shadows full of emotional pain.”
- Monster Librarian
“…Even though this was a difficult book to read, the tales are gripping and enjoyable… Whilst not a book to devour in one sitting, it makes a good collection of tales to keep on your bedside table to dip into now and then…”
Matt Johns - the “Prism” section of the autumn edition of the British Fantasy Society Journal