Borderlands - #8 - October 2006
by Grant Watson (Ed.)
Borderlands Publications Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1448-224X
Date: December 2006 /
Borderlands - #8 – October 2006 – ISSN 1448-224X
Table of Contents: Fiction: Three Wishes by Shane Dix * Prescience by Shane Jiraiya Cummings * The River Prophet by Azra Alagic * God Of War by Robert Hood * Woman and the Moon by Heidi Wessman Kneale * The Gibbet Bell by Kaaron Warren * Chuman Manifest by Ion Newcombe Non-Fiction: Editorial by Grant Watson * Bad Film Diaries by Grant Watson
Borderlands comes to us from Australia by way of the World Fantasy Convention. I bought this and am very happy I did. All the stories got a Very Good from me and I hope to read more issues in the future.
"Three Wishes" by Shane Dix manages to breathe life into an old theme. We get three different stories all spotlighting a different wish. They make us wary of making any wish. Shane Jiraiya Cummings' "Prescience" is a nice little story about a woman who uses a unique gift in the most unselfish way. In "The River Prophet" by Azra Alagic we are given a tale about a man who is loved by a river and finds out that 'she' can be very jealous. In "God of War" by Robert Hood, one General Holm has been fighting an endless war for 220 years and finally decides to do something about it.
Heidi Wessman Kneale's "Woman and the Moon" posits a difficulty about settling other planets. Do woman need a moon to conceive? Kaaron Warren gives us a grim little tale about a man whose mother has died and the unique powers of a bell (taken from a hangman's gibbet) that hangs on her bed. Last, we have a deep space tale in "Chuman Manifest" by Ion Newcombe. A ship's captain tries to help another ship in distress but falls afoul because she is too literate.
This is a very small compact magazine that you can carry in your pocket but it is very much worth your time.
(Source: Borderlands Publications)