Review of “The Space Radio (Isaac and Sarah and the Star)” by Wayne Haroutunian

Aging Mortimer Cain still sits on a rocking chair on his back porch, gazing out over the waves at a particular star. The beach by his home is empty now, but a young man—hardly more than a boy—used come to the shoreline in all sorts of weather with a radio. Eyes fixed toward the sky,Continue reading “Review of “The Space Radio (Isaac and Sarah and the Star)” by Wayne Haroutunian”

Review of “The Things That We Will Never Say” by Vanessa Fogg

Aside from the science fiction trappings, this is a portrait of an adult daughter’s relationship with her aging mother. The daughter has left home—Earth—for a distant star. She returns, braving the hyperspace travel, bringing her children for a visit with their grandma. The daughter straddles both worlds now: her adopted home and Earth. She knowsContinue reading “Review of “The Things That We Will Never Say” by Vanessa Fogg”

Review of “Seeds of the Soul Flowers” by M. K. Hutchins

Babies born without souls die. Amma’s great-grandson, born with half a soul, appears to be failing. Vette, the baby’s mother, brings him to Amma, asking if there’s anything she can do. The baby is refusing to eat. Even if they spoon milk into his mouth, he pushes it out with his tongue and lets itContinue reading “Review of “Seeds of the Soul Flowers” by M. K. Hutchins”

Review of “Vengeance in Her Bones” by Malcolm Routh Jameson

Retired Captain Tolliver was enjoying some sun when his dour housekeeper shows in a messenger from the recruiting office. Captain Tolliver has only one leg and one hand. The recruiting people must be confusing him with his son, who is already at sea. His own seafaring days are over. “No, sir. It’s you he wants,”Continue reading “Review of “Vengeance in Her Bones” by Malcolm Routh Jameson”

Review of “Pieces of Me” by Hope Terrell

This is Ashley’s first solo jump as a teletrooper. “Focus,” the instructor tells the line of troops. “Concentrate on where you want to go and make the jump.” The instructor has explained there are two dangers of getting lost during a jump. The first is physical death, which is painful but quick. The second isContinue reading “Review of “Pieces of Me” by Hope Terrell”