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Jupiter XXXII: Eurydome - April 2011
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: David Conyers
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter  ISBN/ITEM#: 1740-2069
Date: 25 May 2011

Links: Jupiter Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Travel with us to Eurydome for Jupiter XXXII with stories by Rod Slater, D.J. Swatski, C.J. Paget, Steve McGarrity, and Nicola Caines.

If it's Jupiter XXXII, this must be Eurydome, April 2011 issue this visit is another great one.

First up, is "A Binary Form" by Rod Slater. Clay and Belinda are a mismatched pair, exploring a remote area of a planet with two suns called LeCourt's World. They are following up on a journal left by the famed explorer, Hannah Ricketts who had died tragically. The problem is that the microcore on their rover had failed, kilometers away from their destination. They decide to walk the rest of the way and their adventure begins. What they find makes for an imaginative tale.

"Spider Dreams" by D.J. Swatski follows a woman named Rachel undergoing a special treatment because of her fear of spiders. The treatment involves being put to sleep and experiencing lucid dreams designed by a computer. However, there is something else going on in her treatment that her doctors are unaware of. What happens and the reason for it creates a nice, little story for us.

Much of "Guardian Angel" by C.J. Paget takes place in the mind of Agnes Satterthwaite, a young woman who works as a clerk in a local grocery store. She thinks she is going mad because, there is a voice in her head. The voice is that of a woman named Tanirt who says she is originally from Algeria but is orbiting the Earth protecting it from harm. As events unfold, we learn more and things head towards what is not really a surprising conclusion. This does not harm things as Agnes is a great character and we get a very enjoyable read.

"I, Human" by Steve McGarrity is set in a future in which animals from different worlds are kept in a special zoo where they are misused for the enjoyment of an idiot public. Debra and Mik are animal rights activists who are appalled by this. Debra is particularly taken by a race called the Tangaari who she is convinced are not "dumb animals", but intelligent. This is a story that could easily have gotten self-righteous and preachy, but it does not. This was yet another well-written story.

The issue ends with "Product Placement" by Nicola Caines. Ariel Benbow is distressed by how non-nutritious cereals are being marketed for children and decides to do something about it. What he does seems a bit far-fetched but the end is pretty good.

Again, I say, subscribe to of Jupiter. The next moon should be Euranthe. Join us there!

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