Space and Time #106 – Spring 2009
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Terry Van Hollander
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 26 January 2009
Links: Space And Time / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The latest issue of Space And Time is #106, the Spring 2009 issue and is something of a mixed bag, but on the whole, worth getting.
The issue starts out with a bizarre, erotic story from Norman Spinrad, "The Woman of Your Dreams". A man is fleeing a bad relationship and living a lonely, desolate life. He decides to get something to eat in a bar but meets a fascinating, gorgeous woman, instead. This begins a very sexy little story as she shows him a very different road.
Next is a very short tale from Rich Sampson, "The Gift". Our narrator is returning home with his girlfriend after a Christmas dinner with his family. As has happened in two previous Christmases, there is a present waiting for him on the step outside his home. He wants to ignore it, but his girlfriend will not. This one had a real chill at the end.
The setting of "The Sleeper's Awakening" by Ian R. Faulkner is a world called Llorrac Siwel that had been terraformed and colonized eleven years ago. There is so little crime that Chief Security Officer David has an easy job. When Holly Grimes comes to him to report the disappearance of her husband, things change. He uncovers some strange things happening on his calm little world and this makes for an exciting story.
"The Way It Has Been, The Way It Will Always Be" by Kurt Newton begins just before Christmas in some unspecified year as Father Martin works on a sermon for Christmas Mass. He watches a meteor shower but does not notice an object that lands in a frozen lake. Whatever this is, it has a profound effect on everyone in town. This story was a bit too vague for my tastes and did not have an effective ending.
The next story was a better, though. Camille Alexa (or Renwick, the Table of Contents differs from the story) contributes another short tale,this one of a young woman who lives on a desolate Earth and eats beetles. Things get better when she is whisked away by friendly aliens who show her other worlds. I thought this was a nice, lyrical piece.
"A Wound So Great" by Wade Tarzia follows a man who seems to be a creator of worlds. This one did nothing for me.
John B. Rosenman's "Since Adam's Fall" take place in the small town of Nowan, Kansas when at 9:45 on a September night, bodies start to fall from the sky. They are naked but no one can touch them as they fall into the ground. The army comes in to restore order and quarantine the town. A man named Henry, who has lost his daughter and wife makes some discovery as to what is going on in this strange story.
Mark Lee Pearson sets his "Hideki Desu" in Japan where an American has just lost his job. He encounters a strange boy who shows him a different world. This story was okay and maybe I would have appreciated it more if I were more familiar with Japan.
The issue ends with the conclusion of a graphic story from Randy Heller and Jeremy B. Simser in which George finds out why he keeps meeting doubles of himself. This was a good story but I don't think that spreading it out over four issues was a good idea.
Yes, I had some quibbles with this issue but I still recommend subscribing to Space And Time. It (and the print magazine format in general), deserves your support.