Space and Time #100
by Hildy Silverman (Ed.)
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Tim Hatcher
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 24 April 2007
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It's nice to see Space and Time back with its 100th issue! The new editor, Hildy Silverman had done a fine job of assembling more than 20 stories and many poems. All but two got a Very Good from me! First we have "The Eleventh Hour" by Maria San Giovanni, a tale of a future where all diseases have been cured but a new one has taken their place. "The Thousandth Dream" by John Urbancik is a nice little story of a serial killer who gets justice. James Fowler's "Renowned" is a short-short about "the atom that received the first blue ribbon for existing. "Call of the Drum" by Marilyn Mattie Brahen shows us two worlds, ancient Kenya and present day Philadelphia and a woman's choice to help her people. Robert Olmstead's "Toilet Paper Wars" starts with a man caring for his father but goes off in a surprising direction. In "A Calculated Kindness", Douglas Empringham tells us the lengths people go to uncover hidden treasure. "Stains" by Jennifer Crow was one of only two stories I found disappointing.
P.D. Cacek gives us a nice little story in "The Way to a Man's Heart", a very different and funny take on changing one's diet. "The Hat" by Natalia Lincoln is a cute tale about "The God of Cozy Spots". Katherine Woodbury's "Brutal Rituals" features a way for a man who has become civilized to deal with a terrible legacy. "Whole Lotta Love" by K. Loughrey Hasell is the story of a love that goes too far. "182's Offspring" by Jonathan William Hodges presents us with a very unusual surrogate mother. Lee Thomas tells us of three generations of African-American women seeking justice in "Sweet Fields." A.R. Morlan's "The Mogul" is an over-the-top romp about a ruthless businessman and one who challenges him. The most chilling story in the issue is "The Lemonade Boy" by Spencer Allen. Some things aren't as innocent as they appear.
Mary Sass contributes something different in "A Portrait for a Blind Man" about an artist's life-changing commission. Another pretty chilling story is "Paper Tiger" by Marija Nielsen about a troubled boy who discovers a dangerous talent. The other story that I did not care for was "Hungry for the Flesh" by Lisa Manetti. This was a story about people I could not care about and ended in a very unsatisfactory way. Jeffrey Ford gives us another one of his wonderfully odd stories in "The Ineffable" about people acting in a very strange way and the reason for it. "Going Away" by John Rosenman is a very different take about a couple with marital problems. "Mortacheck" by Pete D. Manison features an alien who takes human form at great risk. Last, we have a very different and funny alternate history of the James Bond films in "You Only Live Twice" by Bruce Engelfield. My only quibble here is that an illustration spoils some of the story.
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