Space And Time #104 – Summer 2008
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Thomas Nackid
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 28 July 2008
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Space And Time #104 is another very good issue and I liked every story
The issue begins with "Moso" by Harry Turtledove and is set in an African tribal culture. Tshingana is a young boy who has just reached puberty. He must undergo a ritual to show his manhood and, along the way, finds something special. Turtledove has written a story that makes us feel we are really part of this distant people. Ruthanna Emrys' "Memorial" is a short but effective piece set in some indeterminate time and place. The narrator is the survivor of a band of four that achieved a great victory against a fearsome foe. As the story develops, we find out more about what really happened. Todd French contributes "Out of the Pool" where Mike is preparing an intimate barbecue and pool party for two. Suddenly, what appears to be a black beach ball comes out of nowhere and lands in his pool. This was a pretty good story, even though the author tells us first that it's Saturday and then that it's Friday.
In "Katoey", George Guthridge and Blythe Ayne tells us the story of a former male prostitute passing as a a woman. But Sasa realizes what he truly is in this subtle little horror story. Chet Gottfried's "Modern Monotremes" is in some far future aboard a space ship making stops at various planets on a regular basis. What they deliver is something different. Women have been modified somehow to lay eggs and these are left on planets to contribute to their populations. Arial Trellis has just laid three eggs and hopes to be in third place in the current egg-laying time. But the eggs have disappeared. This was an amusing little story built around an unusual premise. "The Devil of Details" by Richard Parks is a fantasy tale. Kyan is the chief aide to Lord Danalos who is trying to seize the kingdom. He has raised an army of the undead to do this. Kyan does not really think this will succeed but feels a loyalty to his lord. How he resolves this makes for a well-written story.
Larina Warnock's "Empty" is a brief but chilling tale of a young boy who seems to be under a delusion that he had been cut open, We find out that he has some other purpose in mind. "Alvaro's New Life" by Sue Burke features a plague which only attacks people who have been tobacco smokers. Alvaro is a young man at risk and worried about his future. How he finds a way to survive makes for a nice little story. As last time, "Born Free" Part II by Randy Heller and Jeremy B. Simser is a serialized story that I will review when it is complete.
Space And Time is a dependable magazine with stories you'll enjoy. You should subscribe.