Space and Time #110 – Spring 2010
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: L.W. Perkins
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 25 March 2010
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The fiction begins “One Lone Mountain, Shining White” by Richard Parks. This is a fantasy set “in a dark valley near the base of a single white mountain.” There, Imamono, a demon, and Kintaro who had once been a man, are locked in an endless battle. We don’t find out the nature of the conflict until a young man named Taira no Hiroshi enters the valley looking for a legendary sword. What happens next makes for a good story. The talented Josepha Sherman comes next with “Spacer’s Gamble.” The principals here are Sharra Kinsarin, a The Dart, they have come to the planet Kharth to deliver jewel to a man named Ser Durik San. Things do not go easily and the pair have quite an adventure and one that was enjoyable to read. F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre tries his hand at combining time travel and a famous historical figure in “Another Fine Messiah.” MacIntyre thinks he is real clever here, but this sort of thing has been done before and better.
“Parallel Moons” by Mario Milosevic is really three stories about Earth’s natural satellite and what people think of it. One man wants to erase it from the sky. Someone else wants it reclassified as a planet. Aliens “terraform” it and cart it away. All the stories are good and make you thankful that the Moon is still up there for us all to enjoy. Chet Gottfried’s “Barbara Bloodbath” is a wild fantasy set in Barbara Bloodbath’s Slice of Life“, a weapon shop devoted to the connoisseur.” A young warrior named Jurric is looking for a new sword as his old one is damaged. Barbara finds him attractive and tries to help him but the story takes more than one strange turn. This one was wildly imaginative, unpredictable and a real hoot.
It’s hard to summarize “The Tortoiseshell Cat in the Dark Box” by Tim W. Burke. Let’s just say that it involves a rich eccentric named Thatcher Corrugate, an unscrupulous man and many attempts at the Schrodinger’s Cat experiment. The story is also quite amusing and enjoyable. A young man, known only as “Boy”, wants to get his sister back but she has been taken by “The Hungry Wind” in the story by William Gerke. Nissa, a young girl, finds him and take him to her father, Jasper, a tinker who has built a device to trap the hungry wind. He has a plan to get his wife back. Gerke fashions an imaginative story here and one well worth reading. The issue concludes with “In the Dreaming House” by Darrell Schweitzer. One night, an old man, named Vandos, is looking for his grandson’s goat when he has a vision. He knows it to be a fabled place called the Dreaming House of the Gods. Dreams of his youth are awakened, even though the “gods” of the Dreaming House have been replaced by the Emperor’s new god the Holy Sun Invictus. He says goodbye to his wife, saying that he would return, but she knows that is a lie. He goes back out and enters the House seeing the companions of his youth. But he comes to a realization of the truth behind such things and must do something else. This was a rich fantasy by a master storyteller.
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