A lengthy conclusion to Finch’s ‘lingster’ story arc. I’ve eschewed these stories, so will pass on this one.
Classical music becomes the link through which is established a relationship between an elderly ex-spaceman in a residential home and a 17-year old doing community service.
Matthew Hughes. Sweet Trap. Further adventures of Hengis Hapthorne, in a story previously in the limited edition of the first novel in which he appeared. Those of you who enjoy the Hapthorne tales will doubtless be looking forward to a further novel, The Spiral Labyrinth, which is due out shortly. Charles Coleman Finlay. An Eye [...]
A Best SF Review-LiteTM, on account of my having read this issue about a month ago and not having the finer points of the stories in my mind any more. Robert Reed. How it Feels. How what feels? Alien possession. Not the icky bit about the how they get in, but the interesting bit of [...]
Nancy Etchemendy. Nimitseahpah. A tale of strange doings in the desert a century ago (cue tumbleweed rolling across empty prairie). The old Pahpocket Mine has claimed many a life in years gone by, but the entrance to the mine is now guarded by rock with magical charms, and this sentinel has prevented the mine claiming [...]
Laird Barron. Old Virginia. Deep in the American countryside an ageing intelligence officer, Garland, is leading a small team which is looking after some scientific experimentation in a ramshackle cabin. Things begin to go wrong. The other side appear to have found them, and the question is whether they should abort the mission. Things get [...]
Another excellent issue.
The Man on the Persian Carpet. Kate Wilhem. A potent blend of mystery/suspense, time travel and a sacrifice needed to keep the world in balance. The writing oozes class, as one would expect. Afterlife. Jack Williamson. I was a bit unmoved by Williamson’s Hugo-winning “The Ultimate Earth”, but enjoyed this shorter story hugely. Whilst “The [...]
Stories by : Allen Steele, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Damon Knight, Dave Wolverton, David Langford, Gene Wolfe., Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, James Patrick Kelly, Joanna Russ, John Brunner, Kate Wilhelm, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Robert Reed, Sheila Finch, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Yves Meynard.
Stories by : Bruce Holland Rogers, Geoffrey A. Landis, Jane Yolen, Mark J. McGarry, Sheila Finch, Walter Jon Williams.