Heartwarming story from van Pelt, in which a son looks back on his relationship with his now dementia-suffering father through the lens of SF and a fascination with UFOs.
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Some nice writing, but the story ends up like a (not very good) teen movie from the 1980s.
van Pelt, a teacher himself, fondly relates the history of the Hareton school, from it’s early days as a small school on a hillside, through to a much larger building, extended and developed over many years.
A touch of the Miss Jean Brodie for the 21st Century
Robert Reed. The Caldera of Good Fortune. Reed further mines The Great Ship in his ‘Marrow’ setting to further good, if not great, effect. For those not in the know, said Ship is a vast (I mean, really, really, really vast) spaceship of non-human origin, colonised by a vast range of races as it makes […]
Robert Reed. A Billion Eves. A complex and initially very satisfying story. The story beings is a just-slightly-off-kilter rural American, describing a family vacation in a battered old car which is doomed to failure. Scarily, part of the background is that the trip is against a backdrop of women disappearing : there are ‘missing’ posters […]
Ian McDonald. Little Goddess. The (PDF) issue gets off to a strong start with the reminisences of a girl who has been the ‘Kumari Devi’, a Living Goddess. She remembers how she as a young child she was chosen, the bloodcurdling rituals, the separation from family, and the years waited on hand and foot, worshipped […]
Peter Friend. The Christmas Tree. A short fantastical piece in which the arrival of a Christmas Tree is a cause for celebration, despite the fact that it is a very different kind of tree to those we know and love. Paul Melko. Strength Alone. One of the standout stories in Lou Anders’ collection ‘Live Without […]