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|Title||:||Andromeda Spaceways magazine, Issue 66|
|Number of Pages||:||157 Pages|
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Andromeda Spaceways magazine, Issue 66 Reviews
I only recently discovered this Australia-based science fiction, fantasy and horror emag thanks to Gardner Dozois and the Best New SF publications, where it was mentioned. I checked it out with the intention of possibly submitting a short story, if the format and writing felt sympatico with my own stuff. It did!I'm reviewing the March 2017 issue, number 66, which I bought mainly because I was attracted to the cover image. Wayne Harris, who edited this issue, did a fine job, including a diverse selection of fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories and poems written in a variety of styles. First off, I liked My Little Kelpie, by Sarina Dorie, because for starters it was written in a style that reminded me of some of my own writing - quite straightforward without too many fancy images. The story itself, featuring a girl called Bridget whose identity crisis is sparked off by the sudden appearance of a Kelpie creature of fairy tale in her life, even reflects the theme of the specific story I plan to submit. That's a promising start!The Banksia Boys, by Matthew J Morrison, included some vivid descriptions of the Tasmanian outback, and a central image of a banksia tree that is protagonist Henry's 'flying tree'. This image is highlighted by some terrific artwork of the tree done by Aimee Smith. The dialogue is actually quite tough (Henry is bullied by a psychopath) - even the 'c' word gets used - which surprised me. Some elements of the story, especially the 'banksia man' - the seeming spirit of the tree, reminded me of the work of Patricia Wrightson with its focus on elemental indigenous creatures of myth.I really enjoyed The Spectre In the Wardrobe, by Tony Owens, a humorous ghost story with a very interesting take on the genre. Imagine a HP Lovecraft or Bram Stoker as done by the Monty Python crew and you get the picture. Owens embroiders his basic ghost exorcism story with absurd details that satirize the genre. It features a Marxist-Feminist housekeeper, Mrs Kerchenko, who is the most intelligent person in the story, but the foppish main character, Mr Percival, and indeed even her husband, treat her like a simpleton, requiring only that she fix a good cup of tea whenever needed. It is she who reveals the information that the titular spectre needs an exorcist to find rest - a suggestion that is mispronounced by her husband as 'existentialist'. But Percival takes to this idea, saying, "I see where you're coming from old chap. If we get the spook to question its very existence and the absurdity of the world in which it lives then we can…" And on he goes, until Mrs Kerchenko sets him right again. There are no really laugh out loud moments, but the writing provides a steady stream of quiet chuckles and I liked it very much.But the best story, in my opinion, was The Missing Years, by Lyn Battersby. In successive scenes, each marked by the prompt 'Breathe', the narrator tells us of how Earth is visited by invading aliens, who require from the people of Earth a terrible sacrifice for their continued survival. This leads to a climax where the narrator's unexpected pregnancy could put the life of her own child in jeopardy - and makes clear the meaning of the Breathe prompt. The final and hopeful prompt is 'Push'. The story is in equal parts shocking and moving, and beautifully written.There are also some book reviews at the end, together with notes on contributors and acknowledgements. Overall, I'd say the magazine does a great job. I believe it's been going for over ten years and is well worth a look.