Jim Baen's Universe Volume 2 Number 3, October 2007
by Eric Flint
Edited by Eric Flint
Cover Artist: Laura Givens
Review by Sam Tomaino
Baen ISBN/ITEM#: JBU200710
Date: 26 October 2007
Links: Magazine Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The October 2007 issue of Jim Baen's Universe is another good one. All the stories got a Very Good from me!
First off the Science Fiction section. "Tweak" by Jack McDevitt is a short-short featuring aliens discussing civilizations who survive the nuclear age, how they develop gene tweaking and the way of all flesh. Rob Shelsky's "Dreamtime" takes place in a far future where Earth has been dominated by aliens called Golden Ones. Now they are leaving but want to take Earth's children with them. C.L. Polk contributes a story of redemption in "Kether Station". Lana is a former actress who lost her son to kidnappers. She has joined a religious order and she thinks she sees her now-older son. But things are not that simple. Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett contribute "From the Badlands". Humanity has been decimated on an alien world. They have reverted to culture somewhat like our Wild West. One man finds what may be needed to bring back civilization. Last in this section, Wil McCarthy gives us a humorous tale in "The Necromancer in Love". In this one, a college professor warns his class about scientist/necromancers who want to bring back dead girlfriends from the grave.
The issue has three Fantasy stories. In "The Rest of Your Life in a Day", Elizabeth Bear creates a world, much like ours, but where people can join an Order of Prometheus and gain magical powers. Matthew undergoes great pain and sacrifice, but what he accomplishes makes it worth it. Laird Long's "Soul Search" is a humorous tale of a dead detective named McCaffrey who must hang around Earth until his taxes are paid. To pay off his debt, he accepts a job from the man responsible for his death. It seems his soul has been stolen! "Palm Sunday" by Ian Watson is about a society that celebrates a different form of that holy day. But even here, love conquers all.
The issue includes a Classic from Edmund Hamilton, "The Monster-God of Mamurth", a tale of a lost civilization and a horrifying monster. Next, comes an NSF Contest Winner in Mike Wood's "A Different Sense of Direction". On a flight to another planet, the people aboard why they always has a poor sense of direction on Earth and how they can use this to their benefit.
The issue is rounded out by two stories by first-time authors. David Carrico's "The Quiet Man" is the story of a man who has led a quiet life after a notorious incident. Now he must step out from the shadows. "The Waters of Eternity" is an exciting Arabian adventure as a group of men seek a fountain with healing waters to save the life of a young woman. But at what cost?
All in all a great issue. Go find them online at www.baens-universe.com.