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SCIFICTION (07/27/05 - 08/24/05) by SciFi Channel
SciFi Channel Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: SFAUG0805
Date: August 2005 /

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SCIFICTION (07/27/05 - 08/24/05) Edited by Ellen Datlow, SCIFICTION (at scifi.com)
Stories reviewed: The Christmas Count by David Coe - 07/27/05 | Albimagique by Lucius Shepard - 08/03-10/05 | Is There Life After Rehab? By Pat Cadigan - 08/17/2005 | Anyway by M. Rickert - 08/24/2005

The past month's stories at scifi.com have been a real mixed bag and I found only one disappointing. The first one I read was "The Christmas Count" by David Coe. It presented a future in which cloning has been used to bring back extinct species of birds. Specifically mentioned here are passenger pigeons and Carolina parakeets. They are called GRIBs, Genetically Re-Introduced Bird Species and we follow birders who are observing the comebacks. We get a look at the birder world and that's what makes this story stand out, but because this is science fiction, there are consequences to these changes. All this combines into a very good rating from me.

The second story was a two-parter, "Albimagique" by Lucius Shepard. A man becomes involved with a woman named Abimagique who introduces him to tantric sex and an apocalyptic vision. This all builds to a climax (no pun intended) but which ultimately did not interest me.

The third story, "Is There Life After Rehab?" By Pat Cadigan is a darkly comic tale. The rehab here is not from alcohol or drugs but vampirism for which a permanent cure has been found. This was one fun read and also gets a very good.

I read "Anyway" by M. Rickert on the day it came out (August 24) In it, A woman is asked "If you could end war by sacrificing your son, would you?" Naturally, this is not an academic question and thereby hangs a tale that could not be more relevant if it were planned that way. We get another very good tale.

Others will probably like the Shepard story more than I and SCIFICTION remains a great source of online fiction.

(Source: SciFi Channel)

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