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Space and Time #130 Winter 2017
Edited by Hildy Silverman
Cover Artist: Gail Cross
Review by Sam Tomaino
Space and Time Magazine (print/digital)  ISBN/ITEM#: 0271-2512
Date: 30 January 2018

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Here is Space And Time #130 with stories by Esther Scherpenisse, Patricia Russo, Fraser Sherman, Richard Dansky, David Stevens, and Dale Carothers, along with poetry by Josh Pearce, James Kelley, Michael Tughendhat, Jodi Hathaway, Jamal Hodge, Frederick Stansfield, and Samuel Minier, articles by Daniel Kimmel and Daniel Braum, and poetry book reviews by Linda Addison.

The latest issue of Space And Time is #130, the Winter 2017 issue, and it has six new stories.

The fiction begins with "Long for This World" by Esther Scherpenisse. -+- Samuel is dying but he is granted a request by Death to be taken to a place where he will live for as long as he needs, away from his family. He meets Erik who has been living like this a long time. How long will this go on? Interesting idea.

"Done, Not Undone" by Patricia Russo -+- Our narrator and his friend Wate are up to no good, planning a burglary to make some money. But our narrator is one of those with a special gift, he has another shape he can become. This shape is different for each individual. One can become "a tree or a mound of earth or a blob of water". The narrator becomes an "arboreous ursine subspecies" which is apparently extinct. At Wate's insistence, he demonstrates it and their night's adventure begins. Nicely bizarre story.

"The End of the World on the Cutting Room Floor" by Fraser Sherman -+- The world ended eighteen months ago and Harry Davis, our narrator, finds himself a private eye out of an old movie, in black and white. People in this world might be in black and white or Technicolor and some resemble recognizable actors or actresses. But only Harry remembers the old world. The others just act like whatever their characters are supposed to be. Harry is hired by an old girlfriend, now a gangster's moll named Veronica "Ronnie" Hudson to find a singer named Tony Calvino who has a plasma globe she wants. He is supposed to be at a place called the Hotel Alucard. Harry goes there and things happen. Seems the globe shows the old world and Calvino remember it, too, and wants to get back to it. I got a kick out of this entertaining story.

"Conversation, Descending" by Richard Dansky -+- Spangler, who is a Boggan (some sort of gnomish fantasy creature), had booked passage on a pirate airship called the Aleastor Rose. Unfortunately, the pirates stole the map he carried and threw him out, clad only in his underwear, at a height of 9000 feet. On the way down, he meets a pixie named Moire who seems sympathetic, and he tells her his story. Can she save him? An amusing tale with a funny ending.

"Store in a Dark Place" by David Stevens -+- Gerald wanders a ruined world. His head is misshapen and he wears a box over it. He lives a lonely, feral existence until he returns to his home to find his father dead. He meets a woman and they continue their drab existence together. Not particularly interesting.

The fiction concludes with "The Ashen Heart of St. Fain" by Dale Carothers. -+-Nicholas travels to the city of St. Fain, where just under a year ago, the god Amun had fallen from the sky and left a big hole surrounded by ashes. He wants to write about the effect the fall has on the people of the city. Can he write like the poet Yllnae? Can he learn something from the widow, Roysa, whose husband had been crushed by the body of Amun? Okay story with not much of an ending.

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