SCIFICTION (9/28/05 - 10/19/05)
www.scifi.com zine ISBN/ITEM#: SCIFINOV
Date: November, 2005 /
SCIFICTION (9/28/05-10/19/05) Edited by Ellen Datlow (at www.scifi.com)
This month, I only have two stories from Ellen Datlow's SCIFICTION site to review, as one of them was a three-part story. Both get a very good rating fomr me.
"The Canadian Who Came Almost All the Way Home From the Stars" is by Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold. In it, an American is sent to investigate an anomaly in a Canadian lake. It's a spatial dimple that dips down into the middle of the lake and seems to be connected to a Canadian man who has made an interstellar voyage. He becomes involved with the man's wife who is convinced of the success of her husband's quest. Lake and Nestvold create characters that we care about in a wonderful story.
"The Serial Murders" by Kim Newman is a three-part annotated story set in England in the 1970s. Richard Ipperson is an investigator for the Diogenes Club (Sherlock Holmes fans, take note) who is curious as to why there have been strange deaths that parallel those on a soap opera. There aren't copycats because the murders take place concurrent with the broadcast of the show. With the aid of beautiful college professor Barbara Corri, he finds out what is happening and stops the villains from futher murders. This was a tremendously fun story.
Again, I recommend this site whole-heartedly!