Sunday, November 13, 2005

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #20

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #20

Editor Stuart Barrow points out in the opening pages of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #20 the need for speculative fiction to have an element of fun if it wants to cross the divide between “uh-huh” and “hey, cool!” Barrow’s other editorial offering of note is the Gastronomicon, a SpecFic story and recipe book, which certainly suggests he is strong in his conviction.

And to a large extent, in ASIM #20, Barrow has succeeded in delivering his intended story collection. ASIM #20 manages to capture simple effective storytelling more akin to the new Doctor Who TV series than to the self-important bloat and pseudo-gravitas of Star Wars I-III (Barrow’s own comparison). The stories are of consistent quality and the interior art by feature artist Brian Smith is similarly consistent throughout the magazine.

Barrow proudly declares in his opening that he has picked a ghost story, an old-school dystopian science fiction story, a conspiracy story, a psycho ex-girlfriend story, a robot story, and a page three girl courtesy of Brian Smith.

The villain! This reviewer thumbed through page after page looking for gratuitous nudity, but alas - when found, it turned out to be another frelling robot!

(The detailed version of this review can be found at the AsIF website opening November 15)


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