Jupiter XXXIV: Euporie - October 2011
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: Paul Drummond
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1740-2069
Date: 23 November 2011
Links: Jupiter Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
With Jupiter XXXIV, we are exploring Euporie, the October 2011 issue and some more good stuff.
The first story in this issue is "Dark Age" by Alastair Miles. Joanne Connor has been a miner all her life, but this job is different. She's the leader of an operation out on the Asteroid Belt. She has a good crew but they are far away from help if anything happens. Things are looking up, though. On asteroid P43X8T, they've found a mother lode of highly valuable metals. Her and all her crew will be millionaires. When, an unidentified ship approaches, things take a bad turn in a story that's more than a little depressing.
The narrator of "Pilot" by Jack Davidson is an unnamed flying soldier in a war that has lasted 150 years, punctuated by a few armistices. It's a war that most of Earth is unaware of but settles rivalries on the planet. We are told enough to know that this war has been going on without our knowledge during our lifetimes. This was a clever idea, well executed.
Next up is "In the Web" by Lee Russell. Mertin is an engineer and resident of an eighty-story ziggurat called the Mega-Plex. He is one of the chosen few who lives life in comfort and has been successful, pitching an idea to the Chief Scientist. He has discovered something about his past. His father took him to the Mega-Plex, but left his sister, Ashleigh, behind because there was not room for her. He is horrified by this and goes out into the wild to search for her. This was an effective story about a bleak future that ended on a positive note and a very good read.
Then it's "Frank" by Martin Ott. Frank wakes up in his car in the parking lot of the Arial-Simon Clinic for Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. He does not know how he got there. He only knows his name because that's on his license. He goes out in search of his identity and finds something surprising. This one had a nice slow buildup and had a good payoff.
The issue concludes with "The Bitter End" by Simon Kewin and Dominic de Mattos. Joe and Mary Alsem are expecting a baby. The problem is they are separated because Joe is observing a comet named after him. Then, things turn dire as it becomes evident that the comet is headed for Earth. This is an epistolary tale, told by e-mails between Joe, Mary, and some others. It tells the story in a very exciting way with the authors doing a pretty good job (but not perfect) of writing like Americans.
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