Jupiter XXVIII: Autonoe - April 2010
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: Daniel Bristow-Bailey
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter ISBN/ITEM#: 1740-2069
Date: 30 August 2010
Well, itís been a long time since we visited a moon of Jupiter. Seems, they forgot me for the new issue in April and when the next one came around, they realized their error. No Matter! I'm happy to be getting two issues at once. However, I'll review the old one this month and the new one next month. This one is Autonoe for Jupiter XXVIII, the April 2010 issue and it's got the usual good stuff.
The issue begins with "The Colour Seven" by Timothy Miller. Avery will never be a techomancer. On mock battles, he does not deploy the battle glove well. How can he stop the alien thoraxin with their deadly minz? Well, it turns out he has special talents with colour and that might be the key to victory. This was an exciting story of battle and heroism.
Next is "22nd Century Genie" by Simon Kewin. Simms is a "Genie" or Genehunter, one who specializes in finding genetic material from famous people long dead. James and Maya Cross hire him to collect the genetic material of the Beatles. This sets Simms on a quest that involves him with and old enemy, an old lover and someone he did not know existed.. He finds out that the Crosses have something else in mind. This one was quite imaginative and compelling.
In "A Cold Dish" by Ian Sales, Spiro Maris, from Rhea, has been hired to negotiate a settlement between Mimas and Dione. Bandits from the later had invaded the former and been killed, their dead bodies enclosed in ice, all this being a part of the endless disputes of the moons of Saturn. The Mimateans refuse to negotiate. As Maris investigates, he learns more, especially about the real reason he was sent. This had a nice twist and was quite well-writen.
Last of all, there is "Clown in Apus" by Gary Budgen. Rosco Zen is one of a number of reporters and others gathered at the former headquarters of the Zoological Society of London to witness the start of a wormhole experiment when disaster strikes. Rosco has to deal with old friends and enemies just trying to survive. This one rounded out the issue nicely.
Well, tune in again, next month, for the next moon of Jupiter,but you should still subscribe before then!