Space and Time – Issue #101 – Fall 2007
by Hildy Silverman
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Karl Kofoed
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 02712512200702
Date: 26 October 2007
Space and Time #101 is the first issue entirely edited by Hildy Silverman and features stories by Jack Ketchum, Holly Phillips, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Andersen Prunty and others. It also has a book review written by your truly.
Space and Time #101 is the first issue entirely edited by Hildy Silverman and she does a fine job. Full disclosure obligates me to say that the issue also includes my book review (for which I was paid) for a book called Breach the Hull, a collection of military-themed stories. This does not affect my opinion of the stories I review here, all of which got a Very Good from me.
Jack Ketchum starts off the issue with "Luck", a story set around a campfire in the old West. A bunch of desperadoes all tell stories of unlucky men, all who ran afoul of an individual named Little Dick West. This was a nicely atmospheric tale with a dynamite ending. Next comes, "Field Time" by Holly Phillips. Earth forces battle an alien race for a world but their weapons are more than just bullets. The battle is fought with "seed bombs" and other devices that claim an area by "terraforming" it for the winning side. One soldier learns some hard lessons. "The Chaos Magician" by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu is the story of a young girl named Ulu, who gets her first chemistry set. But this one is called The Chaos Magician's Mega Chemistry Set and she randomly mixes some chemicals. The results are quite chaotic indeed. Andersen Prunty's "Holler" is a pure horror story in which a woman is forced to return to her haunted home town.
"Cloudy with a Chance of Invasion" by Kiel Stuart is an amusing little tale about Gracie, a young girl who works in an ice cream store in the mall. She notices something strange going on and must unite with a customer and her boss to do something about it. Monte Davis' "Child of Somnus" is the story of Lynette, a sickly girl with an overbearing mother. One day, Lynette finds a chunk of ice with something strange inside. How will it affect her? "School of the Air" by Corey Brown features a future world, devastated by plague in which people only communicate by short-wave radio. Abby makes contact with refugees at sea. What is to be done about them? The last story is "The Night Visitors" by John Phillips. An embalmer does not do a good job with the bodies he must prepare for burial. What will the consequences be?
It's good to see Space and Time back on a regular basis. It is well worth subscribing to.