Space and Time #114 – Spring 2011
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Alan M. Clark
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 25 June 2011
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The latest issue of Space And Time is #114, the Spring 2011 issue. I'll start off by mentioning, for the purposes of Full Disclosure that I did a Book Review for this issue for which I was paid. That being said, I am in good company with some great fiction in this issue.
The fiction begins with "The Awakening" by Larry Hodges. This one starts in the Fourth Dimension in the home of the artist Red PolyChoron. Through a three dimensional tapestry on the walls of his tesseract home, he likes to watch a three-dimensional world, ours. He does more than watch, he intervenes, creating what are deemed miracles in our world. He would tape what happens and has exhibited these events and received praise for his artistry. One day, he decides to intervene again. Observing the common house fly, he realizes that if it had more room for its brain, it might cause problems for the predominant species, man. He solves this problem by expanding the fly's brain by extending it into the fourth dimension. This sets into motion some extraordinary events and a truly imaginative story.
Next up is David Afsharirad's "Model Home". Our narrator and his wife buy a home in a new development. Things are going all right but our narrator begins to be obsessed with the model home for the development. It has faux furniture and even mannequins as faux residents. The drapes to the picture window are kept open and the lights are kept lit so he can see inside. This one ends on a nice little chill.
"The Very Strange Weird of Endart Sscowth" by Scott H. Andrews is published "With apologies to the late, great Clark Ashton Smith" and I can certainly understand why. It is very evocative of Smith and that is a very good thing. Endart Sscowth is "the most prosperous bookseller in all of Samech Tern" and, therefore, all of Hyposudia. But he has become so obsessed with just the look and the scent and the feel of his books, that he cannot bear to part with them. Likewise, he has vowed to buy no more. That is until someone enters his store with two volumes he cannot resist. If you know anything about the writings of CAS, you'll have an idea where this one is going, but that makes it no less satisfying.
William Knight's "The Distillation of Albert Penny" takes place in a world in which human emotions are distilled by aliens for their pleasure. They run human lives to create this distillation. Our story centers on one Albert Penny and his relationship to the beautiful Jenny Able. If you think the course of true love does not run true in our world, well, it has even more problems in this one, making for a fine little tale.
"Siren Song" by Merrilee Faber is something of a fairy story. Mana Nama is a huge sea beast caught by the minions of the emperor of the land. A young girl named Birami forms a relationship with the beast but is ordered to make the beast (now in reduced form) kiss the emperor and restore his health. Things do not go as planned in this brilliantly imaginative piece of writing.
The lead character in Hasan Faulkner's "The Book of Cain" is, indeed, the first murderer in the Bible. He has since wandered the world, taking many forms, and has killed again. In present day, he has fallen in love with a woman, but a tragedy destroys his life, so he must, again, take on a new one. Things are different for Cain from then onward. Faulkner crafts a very good story here.
It has been too long since I've read anything by Josepha Sherman and I am delighted to have the opportunity. In her "The Murdered Agent", human female Sharra Kinsarin is partnered with male Gratarik warrior, Krahelk, in an art courier service. They get a job transporting an artifact of the a'Atavi back to their world from the planet Karith. They accept the assignment, but things get a bit complicated. I won't spoil things by going into any more detail but will just say this was a delightful story.
To wind up the issue, we have "The Jade Bones" by T.L. Morganfield. This one is a nice little creation myth based on Aztec culture in which a lowly god decides to try his hand at creating mankind after previous attempts have ended in failure. Morganfield writes some good myth here.
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