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on Nov. 27, 2012 :
Indiana Science Fiction 2012 is a collection of poetry, flash fiction and short stories with various artwork interspersed. Concerning the poetry, David Frazier's CJ-5 shows the nefarious uses a robot can be put to. Disco Juice Two is wild and zany, Jekyll and Hyde meets Grease... Disk is a tale of first contact and all of its horrors. Emergency Airship Operations by David S. Pointer is a sensual space ecstasy, reminding one of the oft sexual qualities of science fiction. My favorite of the poems is Hell's Belle by Jack Horne. A femme fatale takes her love of bloodshed to a whole new level... William Mark O'Neal tantalizes with visions of android girls in Techno-Dream. And Timothy Frazier's Rover describes a journey across an alien world...
On to the stories: Eating Candy with the Angel by Kristin Roahrig seems existential at first, but blossoms with a sobering revelation. Almond Eyes by Alec Cizak is quirky, introducing a group of card players, one of whom has gained a peculiar mistress... Don't let the Bedbugs Bite by Clint Smith is about a man dealing with depression, realizing that things have been growing wrong all around him. And The Agent of Change by Mike Jansen is a daring romp through a biologically-warped land.
My favorite story is The Egg by Tony Wilson. How frightening it is to move to a new house and find something living there with you... The Lazarus Strand by Timothy Lee Frazier is good, clean zombie fun. There are many dangers to using the undead as slave labor... The Deal by Chantal Noordeloos is the tale of an unlucky man with a penchant for gambling, who risks it all in a game with the highest stakes. Devices by Murphy Edwards is a quirky tale about small town inventions and their many uses. The Tesla Bars by James Gengler and Mark Brandon Allen is a nostalgic romp through younger days and what happens when little boys fancy themselves as chemists. And finally, Last Thought by Bethany Wilhelm is about an investigation turning into a fight for survival.
This is a great group of stories with interesting artwork throughout: a true feast for the mind, reminding us of the things that reside just beyond our perception.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)