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Challenging Destiny #23: November 2006 by Dave Switzer (Editor)
Edited by David M. Switzer
Cover Artist: Cédric Trojani
Crystalline Sphere Publishing Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1719-9727
Date: November 2006 /

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Challenging Destiny 23: November 2006 - $4.98

Table of Contents: Article: There's Nothing More Important Than the Environment by David M. Switzer * Interview with Edward Willett by James Schellenberg & David M. Switzer * James Tiptree, Jr. & the Tiptree Awards by James Schellenberg Stories: Her Watcher by J.R. Campbell * The Vampire Who Doted on His Chicken by Ken Rand ) * Bread by Jennifer Bosworth * The Message by Richard R. Harris * Service With a Smile by Craig Q. Rose * Sunset Manor by Monte Davis * Suck of Clay, Whirl of Wheel by Pat Esden

Published by Crystalline Sphere Publishing – Editor: David M. Switzer – ISSN 1719-9727) All Correspondence: Challenging Destiny, R.R #6 St. Mary’s, Ontario, Canada N4X 1C8 E-mail, website:

This is the second issue of this PDF magazine that I've received and I liked it very much. We again get a mixture of stories and articles for a truly unique magazine.

"Her Watcher" by J.R. Campbell is set in a space ship and is the story of a man who is assigned to be the watcher of a woman who has just come aboard the craft. Apparently, when people are not on solid ground for a while, they are inclined to attempt suicide. How the man handles this problem makes for a nice little story. Ken Rand's "The Vampire Who Doted on His Chicken" is a hilarious little tale about a vampire in the Old West and how he is accepted in the town. In "Bread". Jennifer Bosworth gives us a poignant little story about a young girl who is part of a Master Baker family and her first experience at love. "The Message" by Richard R. Harris is a strange little tale about a phenomenon in which spaceships from alternate universes appear in the asteroid belt.

"Service With a Smile" by Craig Q. Rose is a grim little story about a time after an economic collapse and what a well-educated young man must do to survive. Monte Davis's "Sunset Manor" is a truly touching tale of a old man descending into senility in a retirement home in space. With the help of a friend, he brings back part of his youth. Last, "Suck of Clay, Whirl of Wheel" by Pat Esden tells us of Meg, who works making pots and how she learns to combine the elements of air, fire, water and earth to find true happiness.

So check this one out. It's well worth it!

(Source: Crystalline Sphere Publishing)

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