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Jupiter XX: Taygete – April 2008
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: Michael J. King
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter  ISBN/ITEM#: JUPITER200804
Date: 25 April 2008 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Here comes Jupiter 20 from the United Kingdom! This one is named for the moon Taygete and has some nice little stories by Ralph Greco Jr., Jens Rushing, Gustavo Bondoni, George Newberry, Sim Waters, and Neil J. Beynon and a new story in the series that started with "Roadmaker" from Gareth D. Jones.

We continue our tour of Jupiter's moons with Jupiter XX: Taygete. All the stories got a Very Good from me.

First up is "The Humming Place" by Ralph Greco Jr. Jed Strains is a shy farmer who manages the family farm all by himself. One day, a "blue curtain" appears out of nowhere. Eventually, two men and a beautiful woman emerge and say they are from 100 years in the future. Why have they come? Jed's life is about to take a fascinating turn.

From a happy story to a sad one in Jens Rushing's "Asymptote." Terrence is the only one awake on the spaceship exploring a dwarf planet when disaster strikes. He will only be able to revive either his brother or sister-in-law. What can he do? "Pride and Joy" by Gustavo Bondoni takes place in some near future after a new civil war in the U.S. Myrna had volunteered to give birth to a super-soldier but things had gone wrong. Now, she is searching for her young son. This was a good story with just a slight mistake. The rebels are the "Southeast Confederation" -- why does it include New Mexico and California?

George Newberry's "Descendance" features a man named Ainsley who has a new body. As he enters society, we find out about his past and why he has chosen to be something different. Next comes "Roadrider" by Gareth D. Jones, the third in a series ("Roadmaker" and "Roadwalker" are the first two). Luke, Hubert and Zak continue down the road that has been built linking towns. Things get more interesting and they encounter a cave that will set off more events down the road. I look forward to the next installment.

Sim Water's "The Day Draws Nigh" is a story of the heat death of the universe. The last living species is the Ne'tat, who receive a probe from Earth. They refuse to revive mankind as it would be pointless. This will have surprising consequences.

Last, there is "The Mine" by Neil J. Beynon. The story opens with a sole survivor dying but looking back on how he and his crew met with disaster by digging too far.

Once more, I like Jupiter and look forward to the next moon to explore.

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