Space and Time #108 - Fall 2009
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Jill Bauman
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 27 July 2009
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The latest issue of Space And Time is #108, the Fall 2009 issue and it continues to publish stories that delight.
Scott Edelman is one of the finest practitioners of the short story and "The Human Race" shows us why. Paula Gaines has had to travel to London to identify the body of her father, killed by a terrorist bomb. Her mother and sister were also killed but there is not enough of them to identify. She is wracked by guilt and abandonment that she did not die with them as she had passed up the vacation they were on. How she finally finds a way to deal with it makes for a memorable story.
In "Wolf's Kin" by Stephanie Burgis, a single mother is worried by the behavior and condition of her daughter, Mari. She has memories of her homeland and how her Teta Zelinka used to call her "her treasure, hard-won from the wolves". It is this old knowledge that shows her the way in this short but effective horror tale.
Jon Wesick gives us his take on Dante in "The Divine Parody". Our narrator is a frustrated writer who goes through a writer's Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. His guide in Hell is Kurt Vonnegut. Like Dante, Wesick makes good use of satire and I was amused by it. The only problem is that the end did nothing for me. Still, getting there was a lot of fun.
"Girl of Prey" by Christina Crooks is a nasty piece about scientists bent on vengeance and using a human being to fulfill that goal. The story is told from the point of view of a rape victim who allies herself with a scientist who wants to use her daughter for his own purposes. Don't expect to like anyone, here, but this will really chill your bones.
Also very chilling is "Behind the Eyes" by John R. Fultz. A man returns to the farm owned by his grandmother after her death. He had spent a summer there when he was a boy and his grandmother was loving but suspected of being a witch. Especially unsettling is a section of her attic that she warns him against because "That's where the eyes are". All in all, this was a well-written horror tale.
We get an entirely different kind of story in "The Love Quest of Smidgen the Snack Cake" by Robert T. Jeschonek. This is told by an intelligent snack cake whose sole goal is to be eaten by a woman who is on a diet. If you think thatís strange, read the story. Itís a real hoot! In "Cancer God" by Barbara Krasnoff, Dave is a man in his fifties being treated for cancer. He is visited by what seems to be a young man but is really the "cancer god". It seems any disease has a minor deity whose job it is to hand a victim over to Death. Dave isn't happy about this, but finds a way using his experience over the years. Krasnoff is a talented, imaginative writer and this story really shows that.
Last of all, we have "Any Port in a Storm" by Paula R. Stiles. This was a good look at the drawbacks of time travel and rounded out the issue nicely.
Do I have to say it again? Space And Time has been around a long time and deserves to be around a long time more. You should subscribe!