1/12/2011. Contributed by Rod MacDonald
pub: Andromeda Spaceways. 168 page A5 magazine. $ 4.95 (AUS) PDF copy online, hardcopy: $12.95 (AUS). Subscription six issues $ 27.00 (AUS).
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Another great issue of this popular magazine! ‘Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine' is packed full of fiction, eighteen short stories in total, plus poetry, an article and reviews. There is a good mixture of story length, so allowing you to choose which fiction to read according to available time. Some are witty and short while others are longer and more thought-provoking. Of course, the style of ASIM is unique to this magazine, comes through from every page.
We have already experienced vampires and now it's time for zombies. There are lots of zombie stories lurking out there but you'll get a different slant from this publication. Rachel Kolar gives us ‘First Do No Harm (Unless They're Zombies)’. A domestic scene where zombies are commonplace provide some interesting situations for a woman, her employment and relationships.
We've also got Peter Cooper's ‘Zombie Dreams’. A youthful zombie has dreams about doing something different other than haunting the graveyard with his father and mother. Another domestic scene, not outwardly divorced from reality. Perhaps zombies are popular today because society in general is going towards this trend, mindless zombies watching mindless TV programmes with brainless inactivity. Maybe our flesh is not totally rotting away but our minds are certainly heading in that direction.
David Conyers and John Goodrich are the joint authors of ‘The Masked Messenger’ which features Harrison Peel in another Cthulhu Mythos story. The agent is in Morocco to investigate strange deaths where people end up being cut into thousands of pieces. Is this a conventional terrorist act or is it an act of a cult belonging to the Masked Messenger? There is a strange book, centuries old, which contains deadly secrets and there is also a portal in the Sahara Desert which leads on to another world completely different from our own. An excellent tale full of suspense and action, it's worth purchasing the magazine for this alone.
ASIM has featured many excellent articles over the years and this trend continues with ‘Hergé, Now And Forever: The Best Hugo Never Awarded’. Written by Jacob Edwards, it explores the moon, in particular the French author's stories about Tintin. Anyone of a certain age will definitely remember the young explorer, his dog Snowy, Captain Haddock and Prof Calculus. Jacob Edwards argues, very recently, why the French author was never considered for a Hugo. An article you will enjoy!
It's impossible to comment on all the stories. They are a good mixture of fresh talent and established writers, with plenty to keep you occupied over the next couple of months. This quarterly magazine is very good value for money, especially in the cheaper PDF format delivered straight to your computer. Why not give it a try?
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