Some nice touches in the story, with a strong focus on the superhero and his internal as well as external challenges.
There’s not a massive sfnal element to the story, but the writing has a bit of personality to it, and the dialogue is more realistic than you get in most SF, which is nice.
A dark, bleak look human frailty and bravery and stupidity, as the planet-killer impact arrives.
Now writing a column for Interzone, Allan’s latest story for them stops just as it’s getting interesting, so I’m hoping there’s at least one more followup story
Lacking an sfnal element, a story that doesn’t really fit the anthology.
Cover by Wayne Haag. Stories by James van Pelt, E. Catherine Tobler, Andrew Hook, Neil Williamson, Caren Gussoff, several excellent.
A story that starts by getting the reader hooked – the protagonist is getting PTSD therapy due to losing his universe.
Grey mould is taking over the world, and this story moves to a chilling climax, with the reader keen to find out what happens next.
A word about page layout which has a red illustration of chasm walls hemming in the text. That word is excellent.
Onyebuchi and Palwick the pick of the issue for me.
Of the previous installment in this story series I wrote: “A ‘fast paced adventure’ of the kind that Purdom often produces that don’t really do it for me. But if you are wanting to read more about Harold the Human, here’s your chance…”
Boyer’s Bartleby the Scavenger a strong story that kept me engrossed, but the rest of the issue much less so.
Further adventures of teen Beck Garrison on the independent seastead communities, facing up to the latest challenges, with her dad, as ever, on her case.
Lovecraftian horror as the shadow in the corner is enough to…
The daughter of a lunar scientist has to cope with the loss of the moon, and her mother, and the consequent challenges.
Deep in space some scientific mumbo-jumbo involving ‘uber-symmetry’, ‘complementary particles’, and ‘superpositioning’ allows a man to confront his dead father.
Further adventures of the bard Gorlen and his gargoyle Spar.
A story, from a well-established writer whose short stories have been received with critical acclaim, does read like the work of a novice writer.
The winner of the James White Award for unpublished writers, although the story gives no hint as to any reason as to why Cockburn has not (until now) been published.
Due gets the second volume of ‘The Apocalypse Triptych’ underway, with me more than keen to find out what has happened to almost all of the characters in the first volume.
A well-told story, think a bit of Midnight Cowboy crossed with William Gibson’s ‘Burning Chrome’. and good to see a same-sex relationship and some darker recesses explored.
A nicely written story, written in the second person where the ‘you’ to whom the story is being related is a young girl who runs away to space and finds adventure…
Great story which asks big questions about our very smallest elements, and what it means to be a transient being in a near-infinite universe.
A bleak, near-future, post-apocalyptic scenario, and keeps the reader’s attention throughout.
Felix Kapel is an olfactory specialist, his nose for fragrances having built him a reputation and career, but for whom technology is a threat.
An impactful four pages from Palwick, set in a near-future USA in which a mother takes a trip on a Greyhound bus, to visit her incarcerated son.
A fairly bleak take on the pressures of technology, globalisation and repressive regimes, with a glimmer of light in the humanity at the end.
The taut drama and the excellent characterisation continues, with a humdinger of a moral conundrum at the end of the story….