Space and Time #124 – Fall 2015
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Steven C. Gilberts
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 29 October 2015
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The latest issue of Space And Time is #124, the Fall 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 "Burning the Little Match Girl" by Tina Starr. -+- Neela is a slave but she is piloting a spaceship with needed medical supplies to a place called Platinum Primary. Warding off many dangers, she thinks about what she will do when she gains her freedom. Does she win? The end harkens back to the original "Little Match Girl".
"The Flypaper Solution" by Matt London -+- Things that look and act like flypaper have ripped apart the world, killing almost everyone. Jackson has developed strategies to avoid being stuck on them and dying. He is trying to get to New York City to see if his daughter is still alive. He winds up only being able to have a pyrrhic victory. Grim but effective.
"Sunwalker" by Richard Bist -+- Thomas is a Native American and the last of his tribe. He is working on sun-siphoners, orbiting only one million miles above the surface of the sun. The energy collected eventually gets to Earth. Thomas' grandfather had told him the legends of his people about the Sun and was proud when he made the astronaut corps. Thomas only wants to bring honor to his people. I'm not sure he accomplishes this at the end of this story.
"New World Symphony" by Stephen Couch -+- Scott's a lawyer, traveling to a remote part of Alaska to deliver something to an old man. Things get very strange when he gets to the man's cabin. Reality seems to be an ever-changing thing. Has humanity gone mad and deluded itself into thinking that everything is normal? The end kind of makes that clear. Good story.
"Ill-Fated" by M. Elizabeth Fortune -+- Mashati Kael Kenna had been Empress, she had been a Princess of the Grasslands that the Emperor had conquered. He is cruel man but she bears him a son. He finds out that she had plotted against him and banished her. She returns a slave when her son rules as cruelly as her father. She plots against him but things do not go as planned. Well-crafted story.
"From the Darkness Beneath" by D. Thomas Minton -+- Yim works for the Pacific Abyssal Mining Corporation in a deep-sea habitat, assisted only by a Pan-sapien named Harvard. He longs to be done with this job so he can see his wife and daughter. But he learns that his whole life is a lie. Hard to believe he really wins out at the end.
"Defiance and Darkness" by Nathaniel Katz -+- A group of men try to get a message out to the rest of the world. Details are pretty vague, So is the end, which feels like a downer to me.
"Old One's Fall" by Darrell Schweitzer -+- In this extremely short short story, Great Cthulhu, suffers grievous injury because of a very commonplace occurrence. This is, at least, one story in which you don't mind the protagonist failing! Amusing!
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