Jupiter XVII: Callirhoe – July 2007
by Ian Redman
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: Jesse Speak
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 27 August 2007
I received this attractive magazine called Jupiter in the mail. This is. apparently, the 17th issue and I liked most of the stories.
In "A Mother's Story" by John Rogers, an alien named Brix purchases a 12-year old human girl in a slave market on the planet Jedda. He decides not to eat her and puts her to work. She shows that she is smart and is given more responsibility. She then decides to do something about the slave trade in children in this inspirational story. Next, comes "Good Old Days" by V.K. Valev. Astrophysicist Victor's wife Laura has a special amnesiac condition. A new treatment helps her recover memories. Then, she starts remembering the creation of the universe. What happens when she goes back further? "Great Hairy Boats" by Gustavo Bondoni is a silly little story about Hans who is captured by Vikings and taken on their ship. He wonders who this one big guy with a hammer is & finds out. This tale was a little too jokey for me, but not very funny.
"I am God, God I am Not" by Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano gives us Johnny Snowe who builds machines he calls "robytes" that have the capacity to learn. Because he provides their life force (batteries), they worship him as a god. You can guess that things don't turn out well. In "The Space Sneakers", Kevin Kelliher gives us two Chinese astronauts who visit an American-Russian Space Station. Their secret plan is to steal some special sneakers worn by an Apollo astronaut in a hilarious story. Lawrence Dagstine's "A Soul to the Stars" introduces a new method of space travel, hitching a ride on the soul of a dying man. This is a good story but I found the science a little unlikely. Last, we have "Mother Tongue" by Camelo Rafala, a good little story of an artist who has lost interest in art, until a unique encounter with an alien.
All in all, this is a nice little magazine with some good developing talent. It should be supported with your subscription.