Space And Time #113 Spring 2011
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Karl Kofoed
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 21 February 2011
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The latest issue of Space And Time is #113, the Spring 2011 issue.
The first story is "Clockwork Looking Glass, or How Mr. Fox Earned His Stripes" by Adam Corbin Fusco. This one seems to combine steampunk with animal fable. In the City, the Duke's wife thinks she is not beautiful. Anyone who looks at her disagrees. Enter Mr. Fox (who is an actual fox) with a special clockwork looking glass that will let her see herself as others see her. This one had a marvelous twist at the end that made it a delight.
Michael Kelly's "Hark at the Wind" is a short, slight piece about a man who lives on the high floor of a building. He is haunted by something and we find out what that might be.
In "Prayers and Benedictions" by M. Landau Friedman, Maxmilienne is an actress trying to make it in Prague in November, 1920. She has problems because she's an outsider. She learns something that helps her craft in this wonderfully atmospheric tale.
Pieter Ardenson is an "Expert Adman" in the story by Jakob Drud. But stress has led to bad health problems. The cure, however, makes it difficult to do his job in this well-conceived story.
"Atocha" by Trulie Peterson is a short piece about a man who just walks into a prison and gives food and water to prisoners who would otherwise have starved. I don't know what the title means and had to look up the word "milagro" (which means miracle) but it was still a fine story.
"At the Edge" by Silva Morena-Garcia is another brief tale. This one tells of some kind of disaster in Mexico, a plague of sorts that has resulted in chaos and death. Our narrator has been shunted from one safe place to the next. She finally decides to make her way to one place she is sure will be safe. This was a nice atmospheric tale that accomplished a lot in less than three pages.
"The Jade Bones" by T.L. Morganfield is an Aztec-oriented creation myth that involves a young god, Éhecatl, who wants to succeed at creating a viable human race where others have failed. Morganfield skillfully blends many elements, even a Descent into Hell, for a very good story.
In Nicky Drayden's "Antimatter is a Girl's Best Friend", Gina's boyfriend, Alphonse, gives her an "anti-diamond" ring when he asks her to marry him. This causes quite a few problems and one very amusing solution. Lot's of fun.
"Doll" by Don Webb is the story of an avant-garde artist who somehow gets cities to pay for huge pieces of art, most of them based on children's toys. One of his early triumphs was Teeter-Totter which was 100 teeter-totters in a park in Houston. Now, he's returning to Houston for a new project Doll and that will prove his most radical yet. This was a wild, very enjoyable tale.
In "Kittywampus" by Jeffrey Goddin, Jackson and his daughter, Jenna, are staying ins a cabin in the woods. They heard a legend of something called a Kittywampus that looks like a panther. Jenna wants to see it. It doesn't spoil anything to say that they do see it, but the story takes an unexpected turn that was quite good.
"Five Observations of the Same Time and Space" by Eric Rousey is actually four segments, with the viewpoint from high orbit over Earth. We learn that time travel was discovered but that led to chaos as everyone interfered in events and the timelines became hopelessly fractured. This leads to one conclusion. Quite an effective tale, but I counted only four observation points.
Last of all, we have "Flying Dutchmen" by Catherine J. Gardner, another too-brief tale that involves an alien observing an event on Earth. Not much to say about it.
Even with that last story, this was still a good issue of Space And Time. It's worth subscribing to!