SCIFICTION (09/07/05 - 09/21/05)
by SciFi Channel
SciFi Channel zine ISBN/ITEM#: SCIFISPT72
Date: Sept 2005 /
SCIFICTION (09/07/05 - 09/21/05) Edited by Ellen Datlow
Since my last review, Ellen Datlow has published three more stories in her online magazine, SCIFICTION, at www.scifi.com. They are all very good, but one of the three stood out and got an excellent rating from me. "Panacea" by Jason Stoddard (who also has a story in this month's Interzone, writes a wonderful alternate history. In this world, an elixir named Dr. Pinkman's Universal Panacea has given people virtual immortality. Thomas Alva Edison is still alive and is a dominant force in computers. Other real-life characters make an appearance. You'll probably figure out who 'Bill Henry' is but 'Grace Murray' may be a bit more obscure. What makes this a truly special story is when we learn the effect of Pinkham's on history and how it came to be developed.
"Parallax" by Laird Barron is the story of a man whose wife disappears after he has had an unusual migraine. He is suspected of murdering her and we are taken through his life afterwards. Barron provides us with a great end to this story. "Long Cold Day" by Elizabeth Bear tells us of a man who is down on his luck and estranged from his son. His son has problems, too. What happens when they meet two very unusual 'women' makes for a very good story.
Again, this is a place you should all check out once a week.
(Source: SciFi Channel)