Michael J A Tyzuk is going great guns; he has two serials: a two-parter starting in this issue and one coming down the pike. Mike Tyzuk fans will surely recall Moonshadow, an action thriller starring a pair of interstellar gold-heisters. It concluded with “Xanadu,” in issue 66. The action picks up again in the sequel “Going Straight.” In issue 77, Mike will start a sequel to “The Dilemma,” which concluded in issue 60.
Tala Bar’s Ya’el continues with chapter 2, “The Harvest Festival.” Ya’el returns home from the shrine of Oshrat and meets Yin’am, who is literally a Prince Charming. Is the story over almost before it starts? No, indeed, it’s just taking an apparently new direction. We have a lot to learn yet about Ya’el; it will be very interesting and right in character.
Norman A. Rubin is well known as a master of stories of skullduggery in sinister surroundings. “The Taste of Bitterness” has the surroundings but is no murder mystery; rather it’s a darkly ironic story.
Speaking of taste, Ásgrímur Hartmannsson depicts how a television series could move the entire cast from romance to the kitchen in just a few episodes. The title “Reality TV Bites” is to be taken literally.
A new contributor, Durlabh Singh, has sent us something of a puzzle. We can’t classify it as a short story, and “short fiction” seems somehow inadequate. “Prose poem” seems most descriptive of the mystical underwater journey in “The Deep.”
This issue’s official Challenge is short and... um... tasteful. I think.
In this issue we have the opportunity to meet three of our authors: two “old hands” and a newcomer.
The Reading Room has a double treat: Jerry Wright reviews Robert A. Heinlein’s For Us the Living and Jerry Oltion’s The Getaway Special. The editorial asks you, the readers, some pointed questions.
Christopher Fulbright’s story, promised for this issue, has been moved to issue 76; it seems more fitting in a Christmas issue. Issue 76 will also bring you some holiday cheer in a flash by a new contributor: Charles Richard Laing. Both authors have sent us some biographical information and will get an official welcome. Thomas R. returns with a poem containing a Christmas theme.
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