01/06/2010. Contributed by Rod MacDonald
pub: Andromeda Spaceways. 100 page A5 magazine. $ 4.95 (AUS) PDF copy online. Subscription six issues $ 27.00 (AUS).
check out website: www.andromedaspaceways.com
Eleven stories, some poetry and book reviews in this edition of 'Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine'. Produced in Australia, the magazine is international in outlook to the extent that it covers this quadrant of the galaxy. Some of the material is humorous in nature, often satirical and usually a very good read.
All the stories were interesting. While it is not possible to comment on every one of them, I would like to mention the following, not as an order of merit but as an example of what's on offer.
What happens when you find a little dragon in your kitchen, breathing fire and in need of food? Felicity Dowker explains in 'From Little Things'. Throw in a very complicated domestic situation prone to eruption at any moment and the fact that dragons will get bigger the more they eat leads to a dilemma. Who is the dragon going to eat next? A very fiery tale.
Now I don't know David Conyers from Adam. I've never met the guy, he lives on the other side of the planet and hasn't given me a brown paper envelope stuffed with money (more's the pity) but his fiction speaks for itself.' Emergency Rebuild' tells the story of Liam Richer and a crash-landing on the planet Mars. It is several hundred years in the future and it's a big crash where hundreds have died with many others lying on the surface waiting to die.
He is saved by robotic machines, servants of humanity, with expert knowledge of medical procedures. The story unfolds as Richer is carried back towards the safety of the Martian colony. Unfortunately, it seems that the accident and his exposure to the freezing conditions have required his legs to be amputated. It gets worse thereafter. 'Emergency Rebuild' is an exploration into what it is to be human. An excellent story, very well told and I hope I will be reading more of his work in the future.
'Thief Of Tears' by Jason Crowe takes us to a situation perhaps not too far away in the future where identity theft is more than what you would think. Teisha Merritt is an attractive woman who is good at what she does. She's got all the attributes any man could wish for, but is she real? More to the point, is she fooled by her own illusions?
'Star' by Aimee Smith seems to be a relatively simple story, quaint in nature where strange events outside are distanced by the cocoon of a domestic situation. The object the family find is not what they thought it was. A heart-breaking ending!
Strange goings-on in a waterway in Australia? The longest story in the magazine is by Daniel Russell. 'By The Banks Of The Nabarra' tells of a group of people and their encounter with something dangerous which certainly isn't a crocodile. Of course, death is a certainty.
ASIM also features poetry. 'Higg's Boson' by Don Webb has something to do with the creation of the universe. The so-called God Particle was postulated by Higg who lives in Edinburgh almost 40 years ago but no one has ever found it.
Lots of fiction for your money and other entertainment as well. What more could you ask for? If you haven't encountered this well-established magazine before, why not give it a try. We are now no longer bounded by oceans and international borders and obtaining a copy of the magazine on-line can be done in an instant regardless of where you are on the planet.
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