Jupiter XXXI: Aitne - January 2011
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: Daniel Graffenberger
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1740-2069
Date: 25 May 2011
Well, Jupiter XXXI means we are at the moon, Aitne for the January 2011 issue and another great bunch of stories.
Our first story is "High Tide" by Kate Kelly. Alice Munroe is a bureaucrat sent to a colony planet to see why they have not kept up with the corn production levels that the Ministry has deemed necessary to support other colony planets that are responsible for mining ore. She is much distressed that they are not even planting the Ministry's required strain of corn. She finds out why in this good little example of how even in the future, we'll always have clueless paper-pushers.
In "Needle Mouth", Alexander Hay gives us an unsettling little horror story. Mary Jones is in her bed and suddenly feels tiny pinpricks in her feet. They start working their way up and getting worse. Finally, whatever it is works its way through her entire body, killing her. Then, we get a conversation between two entities that are responsible for her torment and death. More, I won't say. Just that this was quite a unique, little chiller.
Henry Springer does it all "For Love" in the tale by Gregory McColm. He's aboard a ship being evacuated after an attack. All he has to do is wait for the shuttle and rescue. There is another man aboard the ship that Henry knows all too well, Lt. C.M. Dart of the Commonwealth Escort Audie Murphy. Dart is not answering the calls to his communicator and is, apparently, in trouble. There is another character in this little melodrama, a beautiful young woman named Sophie. To say more will give things away except to say that Henry emulates a certain hero from Dickens. This is a very touching story that will bring a tear to your eye.
"Conscience and the Commodore" by Neil Clift, introduces us to Detective Mark Haskell who must deal with some sort of hostage crisis at the request of the hostage taker. It turns out that the crazed man is Jacob Reeves, someone Haskell knew when they were kids. Reeves has a voice in his head urging him on. Haskell must find a way to save the poor woman Reeves is threatening to kill. This was quite an intense story which had a nice little twist at the end.
Last of all, there is "My Soul to Keep" by S.H. Hughes. The story starts out during some sort of battle on a planet named Bellona, with Captain Miles Dryden fighting a race called the Saros. The locale, then, switches to the hospital bed of Rob Carter, a man on Earth in our time, recovering from being struck by lightning. How these are put together makes for a fascinating, imaginative tale.
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