When one embarks on a long, one-way journey, there is loss and there are people left behind, as Klages adeptly shows in a tender, bittersweet story.
Young Janik falls on the moon, and against the odds needs to have his damaged eyes replaced with a cyborg pair, and this is the first in a long step of augmentations that take him very far from home.
The wreck in question being The Eagle, the ascent stage of Apollo 11, long-lost on the Moon.
Strange and unsettling story in a world gone to pot, and with plastinating the dead and displaying them in mortuaries the norm.
Seven sections, or in fact seven matches, each match, like those of the fairytale Little Matchgirl, throwing light.
Inventive setting and nice narrative from Cadigan, as a young woman narrates a visit to their Martian colony by a representative from Earth.
Further near-future science thriller from Schroeder, featuring the return of Gennady.
Eklund has been writing high-quality SF as long as I have been reading it, and I’m pleased to say that this story is of as high a standard as his best
Chilling story of an expectant couple plagued by a regular visitation from one of the shambling, dead ‘travelers’ (and the mother-in-law).
Stories by Reed, Jablokov and McDonald the pick of the bunch for me.
A lengthy look at the very early days of SF fandom,
They say the past is a foreign country, but what if going back there was as simple as saying ‘there’s no place like home’, except that you don’t need a pair or ruby slippers, just the right mindset??
A story with a simple point to make – if we could remove humanity’s obsession with ‘us’ and ‘them’, would the world be a better place?
An excellent story which, in structure, mood and tone, minded me of Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life’.
The first in a series of tales, we are told, about human and corporate bodies in 2030s America.
A beautiful, elegaic story from McDonald that looks at the sacrifices made to turn the Moon into a place to live.
Book-ended by stories at the beginning and end of the volume which I enjoyed, but with the rest of the issue not doing as much for me.
An intriguing, thoughtful read.
A story that looks at motivations, and hidden strengths, and is a page turner.