SciFiction March 2005
by Ellen Datlow (ed)
Scifi.com (www.scifi.com) Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0504SCIFIC
Date: 2/23-3/23/05 /
The latest group of stories from www.scifi.com?s SCIFICTION is, again, a joy to read. Two of them were exceptional. ?Little Faces? by Vonda N. McIntyre introduces us to a universe very different from ours. Yalnis is a part of a culture of women that carry companions on their bellies. They feed off of her and she protects them. While they are mostly ?little faces?, they can impregnate her so that she can give birth to a daughter. Her ship can also reproduce and provide another ship for this daughter. McIntyre gives us a fascinating look into a universe set (presumably) far into our future. Doing all of this in a little over 12000 words is a great achievement.
Another great story is by that master of short fiction, Steve Rasnic Tem. His story, ?Invisible?, is a chilling look at people who are afflicted with Spontaneous Human Invisibility and what life is like for those that no one can see.
The other stories over the past month are also very good. In ?The Spear Carrier? by A.M. Dellamonica, a woman who has researched an alien culture extensively must help a man who became the ambassador to that culture by happenstance. She comes to terms with being his ?spear-carrier?. ?Hidden Paradise? is by another of the masters of the short form, Robert Reed. In 1970?s Colorado, a young boy encounters a truly exotic dancer. Lastly, ?Vanishing Act? by E. Catherine Tobler is a story about a circus with people that have truly extraordinary powers.
(Source: Scifi.com (www.scifi.com))