Review of “Death in Vivid Blue” by Lawrence Buentello

Plot: Liam Terrell sees the beauty of the euthanasia agent when it first enters the sparse room. The agent is a robot and, though not designed to look human, displays an artistic form and grace. It walks on two legs. Its hands are crafted to handle delicate and fine manipulations. The whole body is finishedContinue reading “Review of “Death in Vivid Blue” by Lawrence Buentello”

Review of “Can you come out and play?” by Rick McQuiston

Plot: The narrator is mourning his wife, who died in childbirth. Two earlier pregnancies ended in stillbirths. While there was still hope, he whispered to his wife’s belly, “Can you come out and play?” Now, months later, the narrator is making himself some tea. He sees something moving in his yard but doesn’t want toContinue reading “Review of “Can you come out and play?” by Rick McQuiston”

Review of “Oblivious Obsolescence” by Don Nigroni

Plot:There isn’t a plot to this one. The narrator is reacting to a November 1980 article he (?) read, presumably in 2019, about occupations that became obsolete in the twentieth century: switchboard operator, elevator operator, iceman, cigarette girl, and pinsetter. The narrator and generations of his family have followed one now-obsolete occupation—yeah, thanks very much,Continue reading “Review of “Oblivious Obsolescence” by Don Nigroni”

Review of “The Keeper of the Pit and the Kon” by Joachim Heijndermans

Plot: The Keeper of the Pit is the boss, and the Kon, the employee. They don’t communicate well. Quite literally, they don’t speak the same language. The Keeper determines when the Pit is lit. This sets fire to a Ring around the city to help keep winter’s chill away and to keep people from freezing.Continue reading “Review of “The Keeper of the Pit and the Kon” by Joachim Heijndermans”

Review of “Sinister Universe” by R. Michael

Our mission was simple: explore, seek new life, and assess any threat if we found sentient extraterrestrials. After thirteen months in space, I came to realize that “life” is more difficult to define than previously thought.

Review of “Night Visions” by Holley Cornetto

Plot: After eleven and a half years, he realizes he hates his wife. He isn’t sleeping well, and his hairline is receding. He wants a convertible. His wife snores and farts in her sleep. To make matters worse, she wants a baby. Maybe he should have an affair with some Brittany Spears look-alike—not as sheContinue reading “Review of “Night Visions” by Holley Cornetto”

Review of “A Ghost’s Story” by James Rumpel

Plot: One day in 2009, Neil Burton perished in a hail of snow peas. He’d been trying to re-arrange thousand-pound crates of vegetables with his forklift while eating a sandwich, and things didn’t go well. The angel who met him at his demise explained his time was up, so regardless of what he’d done thatContinue reading “Review of “A Ghost’s Story” by James Rumpel”