Space and Time #126 - Fall 2016
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Alan Beck
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 29 September 2016
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The latest issue of Space And Time is #126, the Spring 2016 issue. 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 "Heroes" by John Walters. -+- Chet Henderson is 108 years old but is fairly ambulatory. Other members of his family are even older. They have jointly purchased a cyborg remote called George that their minds can inhabit for a time, giving their bodies a rest. But Europe and the eastern seaboard of the United States have been invaded by aliens and the government is commandeering all cyborgs to use them in combat. To better protect his investment, Chet volunteers to be the cyborg's mind at risk of his own life. He had previously had a pretty cowardly life but the experience changes him. A good solid story to begin the issue.
"The Marquis" by Mike Penn -+- At some indefinite time, the theater known as the Rialto is hosting a play called The Marquis with a famous but imperious actor named Dumond playing the role. The manager has received death threats if the play goes on, so he has called in the Inspector for added security. A man called only the Lunatic is in the theater with murder on his mind. All this leads to a spectacular conclusion. Exciting and suspenseful with a nice twist.
"Captain's Children" by Jamie Killen -+- A disaster wipes out everyone on a colony ship except for AIs Ariel and Asim. What can they do? There are embryos on board that can be placed in artificial wombs but this is not part of any plan. Can they get past this and help a colony be founded when they arrive on the planet more than thirty years later? Nice development of Asim and Ariel in this touching, poignant tale.
"Sun Melody - A Plagiarized Life" by JC Hemphill -+- When Rick's grandfather dies, his wife, Telly, discovers a fourteen-page manuscript that he had written and is convinced that it is a fictionalization of their life together. Rick is not convinced at first but when Telly disappears, he becomes convinced the rest of the story is coming true. This one, too, was a very exciting story.
"The Forgotten City" by Jakob Drud -+- Alfred Potomac is the Tesseran Ambassador to Ansi on what seems to be another planet but has many fantasy elements. Ansi is not a great place but he has fallen in love with Mistu, a princess of the royal family. He becomes involved with their internal conflict which involves destroying artifacts, casting them into alternate realities. The battle is in a place called the Forgotten City. When they leave it, they will not remember the lives and loves they had. Pretty complicated story but it works well enough.
"Sea Full of Stars" by Siobhan Gallagher -+- Zef is fixing a space telescope when he witnesses the attempted poaching of the interstellar-traveling Astreya fish. Can he save the day and survive? Well done tale in less than one page
"Karma Kombat" by Tom Joyce -+- As the story opens, the Ward 32 Disciples of the Blade prepare to combat the Ward 97 Knights of Destruction. This is all part of a worldwide system known as Karma Kombat founded by a man named Malcolm "D.J MalKontent" Jones. The battles are done via computers displays powered by Karma points earned by doing good works. This ritualized combat has lessened conflict, not only on localized places, but between countries themselves. Nice uplifting story but I can't help feeling a little skeptical about how well this would work.
"The Witch's Apprentice" by Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano -+- Our narrator is the apprentice to a witch named Abrazza, who has helped their general win battles against incredible odds. This time they are outnumbered more than four-to-one. How can they win when the witch has no real powers and is just a charlatan? Clever little tale to end this issue.
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