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Jupiter XXXIX: Hegemone – January 2013
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: Daniel Bristow-Bailey
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1740-2069
Date: 22 February 2013

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

For Jupiter XXXIX we have landed on Hegemone for with stories by Simon Fay, J. Rohr, Robert Thayer, Graham Keeler, Tyler Winstead and Steve McGarrity

With Jupiter XXXIX, we are exploring Hegemone, the January 2013 issue and it's a fine one.

The first story in this issue is "Blocked" by Simon Fay. In a pub in Dublin, Irishmen Phil and Rupert meet am American woman, Sarah, that Phil takes an instant dislike to, partly because she's an American but mostly because she's a Blockhead. That’s a derogatory term for a devotee of The Block, a perfect cube as big as a shopping mall that floated down from space and landed in a place in Dublin called Phoenix Park, 32 years ago. Phil hated the Block because it appeared at the moment of his birth and has bedeviled him ever since. Despite his misgivings, he is still attracted to Sarah and agrees to go see it, something he has never done, all leading to an interesting conclusion. Nice little story to start the issue.

"Without Doubt" by J. Rohr. Adrian Tully is not the most ambitious guy in the universe. He trained to construct and maintain power sources, like solar panels and hydrogen cells, and is reasonably competent at it. He winds up shipping out to a "binary star about 75 light years away". There things are going well until one of his co-workers has a miraculous escape from death. A cult starts surrounding this guy and makes for a very unsettling tale.

"Gap Years" by Robert Thayer. Derek Jones is going on a time-travel trip and has grandiose plans to go back to 1770 and invent the steam engine. A conversation with an old veteran time-traveler makes him reconsider and go somewhere more fun. Nicely done.

"Alien Encounter" by Graham Keeler. Larry (not his real name) sees a bizarrely dressed woman in a bar and stares at her. She gets indignant and leaves. Later she winds up in his vehicle with a gun, calls him Grant and accuses him of killing her sister, someone he has never seen. We soon find out what is really happening (I won't spoil it) and we get an enjoyable story. I just wish it had kept going. There should be a sequel.

"Signals and Sentiments" by Tyler Winstead. Emery Marabar works in construction on a military base, out there somewhere. In a bar, he sees and hears a singer who entrances him. He follows her when she leaves and introduces himself, complimenting he singing. She tells him her name is Sara and taker him to her home. A nice little love story.

The issue concludes with "The Ghost Writer" by Steve McGarrity. Peter Kruger is the titular character and he has grown rich from his share in writing the story of a hero astronaut named Axel Anderson, who has become the most popular man on the planet. He wants to meet Anderson again because he has found out something about his heroism. An interesting look at the old question, "What is Truth?"

I looked it up and the first issue of Jupiter that I reviewed (back in September 2007) was XVII: Callirhoe. At the time, I said it was "All in all, this is a nice little magazine with some good developing talent." That should now be "a lot of DEVELOPED talent."

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