No. 6 February 2018
I’m sure you’ve heard of the antikythera mechanism. There’s an artistic rendition of it on the cover.
Some suggest is was a ‘computer’ used to calculate the position of the stars. The story goes that Hipparchus invented it in the second century BC. Then he was killed by the Romans when they sacked the city.
The antikythera mechanism was lost for millenia and rediscovered around 1901.
What if it had been a kind of computer and Hipparchus hadn’t been killed? What if he’d shared his genius with the world over 2,000 years ago? And, what if we’d gotten to the moon a thousand years ago? Where would we be today? It’s kind of exciting to think about.
I imagine in a thousand years from now we’ll have made it out of our solar system, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s not the technology that will hold us back, but the politics and wars and whatnot. There’ll be delays in the space program and then flourishes in interest. In a thousand years, we may not have even conquered interstellar travel. Sure wish I could be around to see what will happen.
In this issue, we are dedicated to bringing you new authors as well as masters of science fiction. There are also departments for poetry, reviews, style, humor, and more, as always.
Welcome to Deep Space, the science fiction issue.
D. S. White
Light at the End by J.D. Harpley
“What was that?” Bil nodded towards the illumination. Lil hummed, “Humans.”
All For the Best by Danielle Hauck
She threw her pale, freckled arms into the air, spinning. “I can fly Em! I can fly!”
Claudia Halfdozen Cats by Michael Grant Smith
It’s said my cats and I could render a path through hell itself.
Wraith by Emily Devenport
Wraiths can be beautiful. But most of the time we’re unsubstantial.
In What Furnace Was Thy Brain? by David R. Grigg
“Look, darling, you’ve had an accident. A really bad accident.”
The Moon Tree by Jerry Oltion
Whoever did it probably had no idea that he’d vandalized a national treasure.
The White Field by Douglas Cole
Come, darkness, I thought, come on.
Monster Town by Bruce Golden
Review by William Santorik
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Review by David R. Grigg
A Worm Tale by Cathleen Townsend
I believe there’s a genetic component to empathy.
Toy Poems by Richard King Perkins II
He was not a monster but could imitate one so realistically.
Long May She Wave by John Koch
Maybe I had been hurtling down that beltway much longer than I thought.
Countryside Fashions by Pete Johnson
Three hours in the thick of winter, and your feet can suffer badly.
Art Credit: D.S. White