Space and Time #105 – Winter 2008
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Donato Giancola
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 24 October 2008
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Here we have new issue of Space And Time! This one is #105, the Winter 2008 issue. This one has yet another paid review by yours truly and some really good stories that I liked a lot.
The issue begins with a fantasy from veteran writer, Darrell Schweitzer, "Thousand Year Warrior". This one begins with an old man telling a young boy about an epic battle between two great Houses. One (House Vasilios) in service to a demon king and the other (House Venn) protected by someone called the Thousand Year Warrior. House Venn was victorious but the demon king is always trying to come back and the Thousand Year Warrior must always return. The story focuses on two brothers, and one that becomes an unlikely hero. Schweitzer fashions a fine mythic tale here.
"Images" by Terry England is near-future science fiction. Jim Blankenship is an engineer who had worked on a space elevator but had been laid off. To make ends meet, he's used the "biocontroller" already implanted in his body to project images on his skin for entertainment. Now, he has to decide what to do next in this interesting story.
Next up is a two-pager, "To Lose You Again" by David Sklar. This one is a nice turn on an old story about a visit to an elderly relative.
In "Rite of Passage", Maurice Broaddus sets events in 1651 and William Sparks, who has always dreamed of the sea, has been given his first captaincy by his father. But the cargo is not something he can be proud of –- slaves. Sparks looks down on the boatswain, Hawkins, who has sailed this route before. To make things worse, one of the slaves seems to have an unearthly power and Sparks finds his passage very rough going. This was a well-written historical tale.
Laurel Hickey's "Red and the Machine" concerns a man's dog and the unusual methods to keep it alive. A veterinarian has a special machine but things go wrong. This one probably needed a little more detail as it does not quite come together for me.
"The Gah-Gah Nest" by David McGillverry is set on a deep space colony. Huu-Hanh Mak is a cartographer whose ship has crashed in a remote place. The only survivor is the pilot who looks down on him because he is a "Fake", a personality downloaded into a vat-grown body. The two of them travel across the landscape and encounter a colony of native life forms. This one gets points for ending in an unusual way.
Patrick Thomas combines many elements in "The Pirate Jester": pirates, King Arthur, an Old God and more. Dagonet is an immortal court jester who winds up in the company of pirates and manages to work things out in this wildly imaginative tale.
Last of all, we have two more pages of a graphic story, "Born Free" by Randy Heller and Jeremy Simser. In this part, the story begins to take shape, but I'll review it when it's complete.
Space And Time continues through its second hundred issues in fine form. You should definitely subscribe.