Nth Zine Nov/Dec 2009 Issue 3
Edited by Michael D. Pederson
Cover Artist: Alan Beck
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 25 November 2009
Links: Nth Zine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The November/December 2009 issue Nth Zine is the third issue of that magazine and the first one Iím reviewing.
The fiction begins with "The Ghost in the Library" by Charis Himeda. Sarah is a young college student in the mid-23rd Century who has become fascinated by a holographic guide in the college library. He has the memories of Dr. James Hazleton, who died some fifty years ago. In addition to regular library services, they have discovered a way to go "down the Rabbit Hole" and enter historical or fictional worlds. Sarah has fallen in love with the hologram. What can she do? This was a touching, nice little story.
In "Champagne and Balducci's" by Laurel Anne Hill, Warren Lund is a dancer, trying to make it in New York City and failing. One day, he has a vision of trees dancing in his apartment. The vision takes on other forms: Bob Fosse (his idol), a gelatinous blob and, a gorgeous woman named Velvet Skye. She has amazing powers and treats him to a sumptuous dinner. In the following days, his life takes a strange turn in this fun tale.
I have read and enjoyed Sue Lange's work before and "Old Boyfriends" can be added to that list. Sara Carla has a job as a "expert data input clerk and sometimes telephone answerer", for which she is over-qualified. On her way home from work, she spots an old boyfriend from high school named Reggie. He does not seem to have changed at all. She runs after him and tracks him down in a restaurant, where he is sitting at a table, with Tom, Lance, and Mike. All are old boyfriends who look the same as when she broke up with them. I won't ruin the story by saying anything more but this one was a crackling good story.
Nth Zine has a good mix of fiction and other features, you can get a free pdf of it by going to their website and I recommend you do just that.