Jupiter XIX: Megaclite – January 2008
by Ian Redman
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: Michael J. King
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter ISBN/ITEM#: JUPITER19
Date: 28 January 2008
Links: Magazine Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Jupiter XIX: Megaclite is the latest issue of a magazine that likes to take the names of Jupiter's moons. All the stories got a Very Good from me.
The issue starts out with "By the River" by David Towsey. Molly is a little girl whose favorite possession is her doll Tommy, named after her departed father. Her mother runs a bar and they live over it. It is said her father has become one of the Walkin', who seem to be living dead who wander the war-torn land. But the danger to Molly is not from them. Phillip K. Lenz's "The Penetration of Luna" features Jack who has taken a trip to the Moon and is waiting extensive security clearance. While waiting, he meets a beautiful young woman named Erin. Once through security, he tries to link up with her again. Where has she gone? In "As Advertised" by Gustavo Bondoni, Donald Healey is on trial for invention and use of a machine that forces people to buy a product. Can he beat the rap?
"O-Topper, The Musical" by Monte Davis is a wild tale of time-travel and bizarre filmmaking in which characters occasionally break out into song. Melyana is an 18 year-old girl, living in what we find out later is 446 AD She is different from her fellow villagers and has strange questions about things. Cut to Shawn Remington Hubbard who does things like travel back to her time with guys dressed like clowns. They have automatic weapons and mow down invading Hun soldiers. He films this all while dressed like Princess Leia (with the hair buns). What happens when their paths cross? The last story is "Roadwalker" by Gareth D. Jones. This is a sequel to a story called "Roadmaker" that appeared in issue #16 but it's not necessary to have read that (I haven't) to enjoy the story. It takes place in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world which has few machines. In the previous story, a road-making machine had come through the village of DeFrey and had paved a road going north. In this story, one of the young villagers named Luke the Hand decides to travel north to see what lies beyond. Thus starts an amusing journey that I want to see more of.
I definitely recommend continuing the tour of the moons of Jupiter by subscribing to this magazine.