Review of Challenging Destiny
Number 6, April 1999
This review is by Emma Lee, from New Hope International Review. It appears here with the permission of the editor, Gerald England.
Challenging Destiny #6
Magazine of accomplished sci-fi and fantasy stories plus an interview
with Julie E Czerneda who backs her science fiction with writing
non-fiction scientific books and a text book to teach science using
science-fiction. Plus an overview of Philip K Dick biographies and the
elusiveness of the man as opposed to the myths.
In RUST Leah Silverman's character Loren returns to Lighthouse station
to find that the only person who can tell her how her friend died is an
apparently unsympathetic telepath, that succeeding in creating a very
Nicholas Pollotta's A MATTER OF TASTE features a
vampire in a remote Scottish village: the story's strength lies in its
brevity, which stopped it becoming predictable.
The plot of ETHNE by
Stacey Berg suffered from predictability however was well-written enough
to justify inclusion.
Lateral thinking saves the teenage heroine of THE
EARTH IS FLAT by Hugh Cook, in an intriguing exam that ends up being a
rite of passage.
Daniel Pearlman's OVER THE H.I.L.L. took a long time
to get going but had a strong ending in a story about identity and
nature against nurture.
WITH MURDEROUS INTENT by K G McAbee teases with
a will-they-won't-they scenario where Major Andru, convinced he'd
fatally stabbed his former lover, an assassin, finds her alive and well
and doesn't know if she's after revenge or rekindling their affair.
CHALLENGING DESTINY is worth checking out.
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