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edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie

Peggy Bright Books (2012)

ISBN: 978-0-9806998-2-1

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

This anthology seemed to appear out of nowhere – there was no submissions call, no advance marketing, no bloggage I came across by authors or editors about the book in progress. The first I saw of it was an announcement of the table of contents, and as it included some of my favourite writers, and was edited by two people I had worked with for a number of years at Andromeda Spaceways, I was immediately interested.

The titular theme of the book, Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, is a broad brushstroke that the invited authors included in the anthology have taken and run with in about as many different directions as you could imagine. From Greek mythology to imagined worlds to far-flung futures, from almost realities to the short term “what if”, the thirteen writers have used the theme as a springboard, restrained by little else and using the liftoff as a spark to ignite their imaginations.

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ASIM Issue 42

Edited by Edwina Harvey

Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-op (2010)

ISSN: 1446-781X

Reviewed by Lorraine Cormack,  March 2010

I often find stories that appear in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM) a little disappointing; they so often seem to stop just short of their full potential.  Either they are quite a lot of words leading up to what often seems to me to be a slight punchline; or they seem to be just a draft or two short of turning a really good idea into a really brilliant story.  In the case of the first problem, that may just mean I don’t really have the right sense of humor for ASIM.  In the case of the second, well, it’s a matter of opinion.  ASIM certainly consistently attracts and publishes some very good writers with very good ideas.

Those familiar with ASIM will know that the editorship of each issue rotates; Edwina Harvey helmed Issue 42.  Although I had my usual reservations about some of the stories that appear here, the issue is on the whole one of the better ones I’ve read.  The magazine is also becoming more readable; behind the scenes areas such as layout and proofreading seem to have improved so that you’re less distracted by small hiccups.  It overall seems slightly higher quality than some of the early issues.

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