Note from the Editor, Issue 20

Well, the holidays are already here! So, again, while I’m nearing the end of our trip in the US, I have even less time than last month, so I must keep this very brief.

We have “Implant,” by Roger Ley, which is an exemplary short piece of science fiction: it’s got one clear problem that has no simple solution, and the narrative voice both enlightens and maddens. The ending is just right.

You’ll want to take your time with Virginia Revel’s “Absolution.” She paints her scene with vivid clarity and tells a difficult story with a pace that keeps you locked in. I’m guessing, by the end, you’ll go back and re-read it, and you’ll be even more satisfied than the first time.

And finally, “Mathematics for Orphans,” by Embe Charpentier, is clear, fun, and true (in the way all good fictional stories are true). I particularly loved the slightly distracted narrative voice, which reminded me all too well of my days as a substitute high-school teacher.

So, go make some hot cocoa, add five mini-marshmallows, and enjoy this month’s Bull & Cross!

Happy Reading,
Daniel R. Julian