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Current Issue Number 77 Vol.20  March 2011


HOLIDAY, by M. Rickert. Golden Gryphon Press (, 2010, 167 pp., $24.95. ISBN 1-930846-65-7

The title story to this single-author collection describes a man, living alone, who is visited again and again by a pre-teen girl. The girl simply wants to be cared for while waiting for her parents. His place is merely a day-care center for dead children. She is a murder victim, and he simply wants to take care of the ghosts after the world itself can’t take care of them.

“Memoir of a Deer Woman” involves a woman who witnesses the death of an accidentally trapped deer. The woman finds herself so traumatized by the event that she finds herself, bit by bit, turning into a deer.

“Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment: One Daughter’s Personal Account.” A mom goes missing during a time when Homeland Security is in charge of Executions – getting rid of mothers guilty of the crime of abortion. One girl tries to comprehend why her mother went missing to join a militia opposed to mandatory death for abortion. The girl is comforted by the fact that she could one day be a “breeder,” or that abortionists would come to their senses.

“Traitor.” An accident on a large ice lake, in which a girl loses her father and her family, begins to sink in (no pun intended) when a girl slowly realizes her own life is in peril.

“War is Beautiful.” Easily the best of the stories in this collection -- haunting, surreal, the story lingers long after you finish reading it. A soldier in Vietnam experiences the foreign and unlikely beauty of the Monsoon country and the reason why armies have so little success in it. Meanwhile, the soldier wants to protect his beloved angel, Binh, from the harm that war fosters on everyone. The soldier slowly realizes the beauties of life in wartime and life in peacetime are entirely different things. This anthology is worth this story alone.

Andrew M. Andrews

In This Issue

Soft Apocalpyse Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 Click on the Book Cover for Review Best Sci-Fi of the Year Oscar Wilde & Vampire Murders

Dawn to Dusk Brave New Worlds All Clear Zombie Autopsies Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Griftopia Sleight of Hand Immaculate Deception Pump Six

Sympathy for the Devil Atlantis & Othe Places Darkness Holiday Nano Comes to Clifford

Game Changers Armageddon In Retrospect   The Fall of the House of Usher Realms of Fantasy

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FLAMING ZEPPELINS: The Adventures of Ned the Seal, by Joe R. Lansdale. Tachyon Publications (, 2010, 285 pp., $14.95. ISBN 978-1-61696-002-5

FLAMING ZEPPELINS is a combination of two short novels, ZEPPELINS WEST (Subterranean Press, 2001) and FLAMING LONDON (Subterranean, 2005). The love of westerns and pulp fiction, comic books and Texas weirdness, come into play. The best campy fiction in all of America? Probably.

Andrew M. Andrews


THE COLLECTED FANTASIES VOL. 5, THE LAST HIEROGLYPH, by Clark Ashton Smith, ed. by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger. Night Shade Books (, 2010, 370 pp., $39.99. ISBN 978-1-59780-032-7

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES is the last of five volumes to collect all of Smith’s tales. Included are works ranging from “The Dark Age” (April 1938) to “The Dart of Rasasfa” (July 1961).

Andrew M. Andrews