Space And Time # 103 – Spring 2008
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Alan M. Clark
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 23 June 2008
Links: Magazine Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Well, it's great to get a new issue of Space And Time! This one is #103, the Spring 2008 issue. Editor Hildy Silverman does another great job of attracting some real talent.
Talented writer, editor and folklorist, Josepha Sherman, begins the issue with "Birdie". Sharra Kinsarin is the human captain of The Dart, a small spaceship that's in the courier service. Her partner is Krahelk, a member of the Gratarik race and he is described as "powerfully built". They accept a job to transport a pregnant alien who is feathered with a beak-like nose that they call "Birdie". This is, of course, not as easy as they thought it would be and Sherman gives us a rousing adventure with a clever conclusion. In Paul Melniczek's "A Particular Haunting", a man accepts an accounting job with the A. Risenworth Company. It seems a very button-down, formal company with an emphasis on "the rules". Just how strict things are, our narrator finds out in this chiller. Kevin Brown contributes an effective little tale with "Angela's Rising". Angela Shepherd is a rape victim that finds a new way to deal out justice.
Roy L. Post chimes in with "The Last Birthday", a wildly, irreverent funny look at a not very holy family as they gather for a special occasion. "Buried Thunder" by Devon Monk features Lyrial, a new resident of Pelaneum City, a place of fantastic wonders. Unfortunately, a disaster makes her look at things differently in this nice little tale. In "Pixeldated", A.R. Morlan contributes a fascinating piece which looks at a way of exploiting existing technology. Chloe works for a firm which specializes in creating "aged" photos of children who have been taken before their time. People want to manufacture memories that never were and Chloe's firm can do just that. Unfortunately, this results in some abuses of the system.
"Revelations" by Devon Oratz features a down-on-his-luck P.I. who is trying to survive in a world in which all communications have been disrupted by some unknown group. Max McGee narrates his own story by talking with a "pal" named Gat and this one has a grim but effective ending. The magazine's Editor Emeritus gives us "The Professor's New York Adventure". This one is an interesting combination of a notorious historical event and a fictional professor with a single-minded goal. This issue concludes with a graphic story,"Born Free" by Randy Heler with art by Jeremy B. Simser. This is just part one of a serialized tale that I'll review when it's done.
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