Hello again, at last. Things happen, as you well know, without our wish or want. But the ratio of good to bad things always seems to have a way of evening out - at least in the long run.
Among all the problems that have plagued me over the last few months, several blessings have also occured. So I can't gripe too much. Not really. Although roadblocks have been thrown in the way, many detours have also presented themselves for my exploration. Events still proceed apace.
The wedding is still on, ApheliCon 2 is still on, the Tri-Magnum rebuild is still going forward... Life is still good. Everything isn't perfect, but it is bearable. Most problems are non-trivial, yet only annoying in magnetude. Nothing tragic has derailed the future.
There's not a lot for me to rant about. Besides, this issue is a month late already. I'm going to shut up now and let you get to the stories.
Well? What are you waiting for? Kick back and start reading!
Back to work, for me...
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
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Serialized Stories & Novellettes
Lucinda May: A Love Story
By Pavelle Wesser
In the world of the future, stealing each other's 'parts' has
become a hot commodity. Those who live by the illusion of love in a
world governed by bots and the fear of Psych City stand to suffer
mercilessly in their desire. Meet Martin, and enter the never-ending
cycle of destruction this world has wrought upon his life.
By Patrick R. Burger
No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the
dawn, Jim Morrison said. But when barbarians fall
into snow stained red with their own blood as the sun
shines overhead, what then...?
Nightwatch: CSM-115 Part One
By Jeff Williams "Toward the end of the day, Alan Shepard, chief of the Astronaut
Office, took the microphone in Mission Control to give the crew a public
and official, if mild, reprimand. 'I just wanted to tell you,' he said,
'that on the matter of your status reports, we think you made a fairly
serious error in judgment here in the report of your condition.' Carr
accepted the rebuke: 'Okay, Al. I agree with you. It was a dumb
decision.' And that was that."
(Benson and Compton, SP-4208, 6 August 2004)
A new shared universe series: Nightwatch, under the direction of Jeff Williams.
The One-Eyed Dragon
by Brian C. Petroziello Something big, nasty and savage has been leaving a trail of fire and death from the Far East to New York City. Of course, now that it's on their turf, it's up to
Detectives Minelli and Mulhearn of the Special Crimes Section to find the beast -- and put it down.
The Disappeared Man by E. S. Strout The Medicare Research Center's longevity project promised a chance at a longer, healthier life. Matt Aldrich, suffering from heart problems that would probably kill him sooner than later, signed up when chest pains made 'sooner' look too close for comfort. But Jack Simms discovered that volunteering for the project meant that
Aldrich was cut off from the rest of the world -- and that made him more than a little curious.
Of Fast Cars and Slow Karma
by George T. Philibin Jeffery was having a rough time. Someone who seemed to know everything about him and his wife Jean was screwing with him, putting Jean's picture on counterfeit money and dispensing it (along with some rude remarks) to them (and only to them) from an ATM machine. And that was just the beginning ... Jeffery soon learned that what goes around comes around in very strange ways.
by Justin Steel For generations, the humans on Dracus had been blessed by the Lord with prosperity and peace unheard of in the rest of the noisy and noisome galaxy. And all it
cost them was the occasional small offering.
..Bargain at the Price
by Neil Davies Steve Drake was an independent Trader always on the edge of bankruptcy. He couldn't afford to be picky about the Trades he took on -- and anyway, the job on
Szuilta seemed too good to pass up. Big pay, low-risk cargo ... if rumors and superstition scared other Traders away, so much the better for Drake and his partners aboard The Seven Deadly Sins.
The Zimmerman, Captive of the Dar
by Kevin James Miller Henry Zimmerman, one of the chief advisors to the President, found himself kidnapped after his bodyguard was slaughtered before his eyes. But his captors were no ordinary terrorists or foreign agents -- and their demands were out of this world.
Teddy Bears and Demons
by Matthew Scott Baker Tasha's obsession with her ragged and downright smelly old teddy bear drove Phillip crazy. And the story she told to justify it only made things worse.
by Rick McQuiston Anne had made a mistake -- not a terribly unusual one, but one that was going to cost her life. She could never have guessed how far her husband Henry's jealousy
would take him. But Henry was not immune to error, either.
End of the Line
By B. H. Marks The Final Frontier wasn't much of a frontier anymore, and there was no room for the independent spacers like Captain Deke 'Deep' Waters. Still, Captain Dale
Carruthers knew how much he owed to Waters and his contemporaries.
by Jim Parnell The collected wisdom of Bubba WARNING: Contains Language.
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