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Nth Zine June/July 2010 Issue 5
Edited by Michael D. Pederson
Cover Artist: S.C. Watson
Review by Sam Tomaino
Nth Zine  
Date: 27 June 2010

Links: NthZine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The June/July 2010 issue of Nth Zine is #5 and has stories Lawrence M. Schoen, Stephen L. Antczak, and Dave Helden, along with poetry, features and columns.

The June/July 2010 issue of Nth Zine is the fifth issue of that magazine and itís another good one!

The fiction begins with a reprint of the Hugo-nominated "The Moment" by Lawrence M. Schoen. I had not read this yet, so it was new to me. It was originally published in an anthology called Footprints, edited by Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds and published by Hadley Rille books. The story takes place over millions of years as one strange species, after another, lands on what is our Moon and studies a single footprint, presumably one left by one of our astronauts. What makes this story Hugo-worthy is its end, which I won't spoil. I still have to read the other stories nominated for the Best Short Story Hugo, but this one will definitely be seriously considered.

In "Ode to Humanity" by Stephen L. Antczak, aliens have come to Earth and arbitrarily ask different people to choose between themselves dying or someone else. The aliens might then zap that person or someone else. It did not seem to depend on what the answer is. Our narrator must choose between himself and his sister. What should he do? Can he keep the both of them alive? Antczak gives a pretty good answer to the conundrum.

Lastly, there is "Promise" by Dave Helden. Eli and Betsy Hamilton are two little kids at a time when the end of the world is imminent. With their father's permission, they decided they want to meet the end of the world in a special place, on top of a mountain looking at a view that their deceased mother painted. But there is an important promise that Eli made to his father and that must be kept, too. This was a touching story to end the issue.

If you like a good mix of fiction, poetry and other features, then Nth Zine is for you. You can get a free pdf of it by going to www.nthzine.com and I recommend you do just that.

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