by Ellen Datlow (ed)
Sci-Fi.com Website ISBN/ITEM#: 0503SciFic
Date: 1/26/05-2/16/05 /
Sci-Fiction ? Stories Reviewed:
In the past month there have been some fine stories at Ellen Datlow?s Sci-Fiction corner of www.scifi.com. The best of them is an exceptional little tale by Lucy Sussex called ?Matricide?. It begins with a woman in a very odd airline terminal. Is this some way station between life and death? We learn details of her story as she reviews her life and the meaning of the title becomes clear. It is not something I expected. This short story packs a lot of punch and is a splendid example of what can be accomplished in a little over 6,000 words.
?A Man of Light? by Jeffrey Ford is a very good story about a man named Larchcroft who has discovered how to manipulate light so as to achieve miraculous results. Just the right make-up can use light to make a woman look young again. The story takes place in a past that obviously never was. A reporter is granted an interview with Larchcroft and learns his secret. This makes for a very chilling tale.
?Hell Notes? by M.K. Hobson is a little lighter in tone A man finds a Chinese restaurant that makes wonderful twice-cooked pork. He finds that this is due to a temporary chef he calls Glorious Lin. To his dismay, Lin must go back to her old job after a week. I won?t give that away but how the narrator makes his and her situation better is delightful. I think it was no coincidence that the story was published on Chinese New Year!
I am sorry to say that ?Jane? by Marc Laidlaw was a bit disappointing. The young girl of the title lives with her family in a remote location. When visitors from the city come, her life is disrupted. The story is just too short and while the reader can surmise much of what the situation is it?s not clear at all why anything is happening.
Nonetheless, I still look forward to reading a new story every week from the best source of short science fiction on the web and quite possibly anywhere.