Paradox: Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction
Paradox Publications Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1548-0593
Date: July 2006 /
Paradox - Issue 9 - Summer 2006
Paradox calls itself "The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction" and the new issue is a good mix of both.
The issue's first story, "A Storm Over Cumorah" by Richard Mueller, is pretty good but not convincing as alternate history. In the 1930s, in an America dominated by Mormons, Germany's Nazi government ingratiates itself with the Mormon Prophet, who apparently runs the country. The next story, "Kitsune" is a very good fantasy from Adam Stemple. Set in ancient Japan, Master Samurai Shichiro and his "Watson" Ken'ichi must solve murders committed by a "spirit fox". "The Last Race" by Gene Spears is set in a Greece in which the old world is changing but a man wants to run one more race in the last Olympic games. The next story is the best in the issue and gets an Exceptional rating from me. Lisa Jensen usually reviews stories but I wish she'd write more like "Prosperina's Curse". This is essentially an origin story for a certain famous pirate who had a hook for a hand. Jensen show that she really understands what the story of a boy who does not grow up is really about.
Another very good story is "The Archer of the Sun and the Lady of the Moon" by Eugie Foster, a Chinese fantasy and an enchanting love story. In "The Mouse and the Buzzer" by Tom Brennan, the setting is an alternate 1950s America where each house has its own "micropile" (yes, a nuclear reactor). A young boy in this story gets a little too curious. "Tea For Three" by Ernesto Brosa is an okay tale in which Edgar Allan Poe meets two very unusual little old ladies. Last, Andrew Tisbert's "The Meteor of the War" is a time travel story about a man sent back in time to re-direct John Brown's rebellion. This story does not succeed as well as the others.
Nonetheless, the Lisa Jensen story alone makes picking up this issue worth it.
(Source: Paradox Publications)