Space and Time #123 – Spring 2015
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Brian Addison
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time Magazine / eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 25 May 2015
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The latest issue of Space And Time is #123, the Spring 2015 issue and I must also add a Full Disclosure. It has a book review by your truly for which I've been paid.
The fiction begins with "Solvency" by Kate Woodbury -+- Mac discovers "transformation pills" hidden by his wife, Lillian. It had been an arranged marriage, giving him access to Lillian's Uncle Kal's research on painless interrogation. Mac worries that she is a corporate spy after his work. We are told she took them just to have a "hostess personality" vital to Mac. He replaces the pills with a placebo and her real personality emerges. Does Mac actually like this one better? Nice intrigue in this tale.
"The Raven & the Dove" by Adam Corbin Fusco -+- An alternative to the Noah story in which Antioch builds his own ark to preserve "giants in the earth and other creatures of the aether that were not of flesh" (sphinxes, dragons, those silly unicorns, etc). Interesting!
"Sciomancer" by Suzanne van Rooyen -+- Our narrator can communicate with spirits and the Authority asks her for advice on how to defeat the enemy in a long war. Things don't work out. Not much here.
"Pax Animals" by Joseph L. Kellogg -+- After a plague that leaves all but .01% of humanity incapable of killing anything, even animals. our narrator, who can kill, wanders from town to town, helping one of them defeat bandits. Good story.
"Focus" by David Steffen -+- Our narrator is trying to "focus" and winds up thinking about pink elephants as he tries to run an alien blockade. Nicely done short-short.
"A Thousand Stones for Hesek" by Gwendolyn Clare -+- Irjah and Nelke avert a coming natural disaster caused by their planet's multiple moons. Nice build up to the end.
"In the Light of the Skeletal Moons" by Samuel Marzioli -+- Master Lenk must decide which is to live Elder Peterson or a space pirate. It turns out not to be as easy as one might think. Another good story.
"Dennis Innwicky Gets Back in the Game" by Amanda C. Davis -+- After the death of his wife, Dennis wants to to get out of the magic game, but circumstances, and a dire threat from Kara Kessel draw him back in. This one was very good.
"Leashing the Muse" by Larry Hodges -+- William is an English professor, distressed by the lack of literary quality in the writing of his students. But suddenly, the words on the paper change, rewritten to improve the quality of the prose. This happens everywhere and to anything. even the already great works of literature. It turns out this is being done by Polyhymnia the Muse. William finds her and confronts her about it in this amusing tale.
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