Thrilling Wonder Stories - Summer 2007
by Winston Engle
Edited by Winston Engle
Cover Artist: Iain McCraig
Review by Sam Tomaino
Thrilling Wonder LLC Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780979671807
Date: 09 July 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Magazine Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The classic title Thrilling Wonder Stories is back! Revived by Winston Engle as a trade paperback, with quarterly publication promised, this is an attractive title with a mix of new and old stories.
This issue leans heavily on reprinted material, which I do not usually review, but I liked all the new stories here. They all more than satisfy editor Winston Engle's intention to publish stories that entertain and evoke a sense of Wonder. These are not old fashioned stories that could have been published in the 1950s but they are fun and positive.
The issue starts off with "Tomb of the Tyrant Emperor" by Constance Cooper. Set on an alien world, a mixed band of explorers look for answers to their planet's past in what appears to be the tomb of the emperor of a race that ruled them ages ago. No one really knows much about that past and a number of religions all have their theories. Cooper gives us interesting details about their culture and division of labor. Against all this, we have a murder mystery and a solution that answers all their questions. The next new story is "Three's a Crowd" by Eric Brown. Ed, Karrie and Ella are the crew of the ship A Long Way From Home, but only Ed and Karrie are actually human. Ella is an all-too-lifelike android. But they must work together when a murderous alien is let aboard their ship.
"Dark Side" by Kevin King is the story of a secret Moon landing by Apollo 19. Run by the Department of Defense, two astronauts gather rocks and make some interesting discoveries. Then, one of them becomes gravely ill. This makes for an inspiring tale of heroism and sacrifice. Michael Kandel's "Enlightnment" is an amusing story about Clarence Teagarden who, due to speaking with a blue gecko, comes to believe that he is dreaming his life. R. Neube's "Love Seat" is also a funny little story about Phoebe Turbelle, a wild, not very young, heiress who has just gone though her latest rejuvenation and constantly drives her straight-laced daughter crazy. A new gift from her daughter changes her life quite a bit. Last of all, we have a short-short on "Jovian Dreams" by Ben Bova. Po Han dreams of his martyred ancestor, Zheng He, who sailed the world years before Columbus. Now Po Han must make a sacrifice of his own to gain new knowledge.
I thoroughly enjoyed the new material (stories and articles) in Thrilling Wonder Stories and I'm looking forward to reading the quality reprints. Support this new magazine and may a "sense of wonder" continue in science fiction.