Edited by Patrick & Honna Swenson
Review by Sam Tomaino
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1084-7197
Date: March 2007
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Talebones - Issue #34 - Winter 2006 - ISSN 1084-7197
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The lead off story is by Mark Rigney. "His Master's Voice" is the tale of Alan Lomax, a real man who traveled the South years ago recording the voices of ordinary African-Americans singing the blues. He meets up with the Devil who makes him a tempting offer. What he gets from the Devil is something truly fantastic.
Carrie Vaughan's "Crows" takes place on a battlefield in the distant past, or a fantasy world. A soldier's lord has been killed and the field of battle abandoned. The soldier must protect his lord from scavengers until help arrives. Next, comes Alan DeNiro with "Gepetto Kiln", a far future science fiction tale about a woman named Fiona, the artificial intelligence on her ship and what she discovers about herself when the ship encounters an unusual planet.
The issue than shifts to pure fantasy with "But Who Shall Lead the Dance?" by Marie Brennan. A human woman wanders into Faerie and is forced to dance by the fair folk. But these elves get more than they bargained for.
"Memories of Moments, Bright As Falling Stars" by Cat Rambo is set in a near-future in which a punk couple steals some unusual memory chips and get themselves into a lot of trouble. Ryan Myers' "Eaglebane" is a clever little tale about a legendary creature which caused many problems for pilots in World War II. In "Fermi Packet", Jason Stoddard gives us a world in which humanity has uploaded itself into cyberspace. A constructed personality helps fight off an alien invasion. Last of all, there is "And Her Hand, The Stars" by E. Catherine Tobler, a sad story of a doctor trying to save the life of an alien at war with humanity.
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