JUPITER XII: ANANKE

Reviewed by Sue Phillips

When Jupiter arrived, I was busy. Too busy to sit down and read it straight away, though I did have a little time to glance at the first page or so to see if I'd enjoy reading the whole some other time. Seventeen pages later, the answer was apparent.

That first story that had captivated me was Freedom by Martin McGrath; as fine a piece of Sci-Fi writing as I've seen of late. It features Charlie the paracycle and trusty steed of our heroine, Gull, who flies around the lunar city of Freedom delivering parcels. When Charlie is stolen by a computer programmer forced into slavery as a rent boy (Freedom does not live up to its name), things become interesting. The ending was not entirely unexpected, but highly satisfying nonetheless. I won't spoil it for you.

Story two, Martyrs by Aaron Callow, is a complete contrast. No Sci-Fi, the fiction is inspired by real events in Sarajevo during the troubles there. Well written with plenty of drama and tension, Martyrs is another page turner--my two minute glance was beginning to get out of hand.

I did manage to put the thing down for a while after that, until I got thirsty. Over a cup of tea, I glanced at story three, Hear There Be Tigers by Lisa Parker. Another total change of pace and entirely different style, with weird and wonderful language that should have annoyed; but instead drew me back into Jupiter's magnetic pages. A good poem by W.R.Mitchell led into the next tale: The French Nobleman of Neptune by Lawrence R. Dagstine, somewhat overwritten with far more technical detail than I wanted, but then came the lovely timeslip story Weather by Nicola Caines and darkly sinister Tag by Erica Blaney. So I had another cuppa and thought about all those things I'd planned to do. One more task was added to the list: sort out a subscription check for Ian Redman.

Jupiter edited by Ian Redman, 19 Bedford Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4UG, UK. A5, 56pp, £2.75 or £10/4.

Website: - www.jupitersf.co.uk


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