Shoreline of Infinity 5

The New Curiosity Shop, 2016, 132 p.

 Shoreline of Infinity 5 cover

Mark Toner’s Editorial discusses Shoreline’s artwork. SF Caledonia by Monica Burns1 considers Phantastes by George MacDonald who influenced, Lewis Carroll, Charles Kingsley and C S Lewis. I reviewed it here. There is an interview2 with Simon Morden and Noise and Sparks 2: You Have to Live by Ruth E J Booth considers the work-writing-life balance.
In Reviews Ian Hunter3 looks favourably on Ian Watson’s collection The 1000 Year Reich, Iain Maloney has a 90%+ approval for Hannu Rajaniemi’s Invisible Planets: collected Fiction, Thom Day finds some flaws in R J Tomlin’s The Transition, Benjamin Thomas4 appreciates Behind the Throne by K B Wagers despite its sometimes YA feel, Noel Chidwick5 enthuses about Nod by Adrian Barnes. Multiverse6, the poetry section, features work by Andrew Blair and Ruth Aylett. Parabolic Puzzles7 features asymmetrical dice.
As to the fiction, Iain Maloney’s The Revolution Will be Catereda posits a society where everyday needs are taken care of by AIs as there are no holidays from work. The AIs go on strike.
In Nemeb by Jack Schouten the world has been taken over by an extremely restricted language. When it arrived some people were deliberately deafened to avoid its effects.
What Goes Upc by Stuart Beel is firstly two pages of a comic strip story, subtitled A Tale of Alien Abduction? and is “to be continued”. Which it is, 30 pages later. And again, in another 32 pages where it ends. It also contains a nice Talking Heads pun.
In the melancholic and effective Possible Side Effectsd by Adam Connors a successful business man with terminal cancer is easily persuaded to take a time dilation trip in space to wait for the possible treatment to be developed. His family, though, stays behind.
Nothing to Fear by Nat Newman is a very short piece set in a time when the calendar has been radically altered.
In Perennialse by Daniel Rosen asteroids “hit the Earth” a while ago. Now, at intervals, things called Vectors take over some people’s personalities before receding again.
Unusually but refreshingly set in the Scottish Borders Incomingf by Thomas Clark features a robot that keeps Hawick awake at night while keeping vigil. Complete with Scots dialogue. Delightful.
Another very short story is Overkill by Rob Butler wherein an astronaut sent out to confront a supposed alien invasion tells the sorry tale.
Craig Thomson’s When There is no Sung starts as a chase of hide-and-seek in a Brown Dwarf’s system before morphing into a tale of quantum entanglement.
Chapter 4 from Phantastesh by George MacDonald is the featured SF Caledonia reprint.

Pedant’s corner:- 1”the paths … are well trod” (trodden,) “one of the fathers the modern fantasy genre” (of the modern,) “when he first read Phantastes He .. “ (full stop missing,) Anodos’ (x4, Anodos’s,) “in student’s room” (in the student’s room,) “by a man from my town, and alumni of the University” (and alumnus, or an alumnus; both are possible, “and alumni” isn’t.) 2”they’ve found their audience and they know how to please them” (to please it. [Though audiences would also do,]) “it’s going to be different story” (a different story,) “the only clues I had were was” (take out was,) Walter John Williams’ (Williams’s.)Expressions of …was part of” (expressions were part of.) Wells’ (Wells’s,) Ian Whaite’s (Ian Whates’s.) 3The 1000 Year Reich containing 18 stories… and starts with ..” (contains 18 stories,) practises (practices,) crivens (usually crivvens.) 4”in favour for characteristics more suitable for” (in favour of characteristics more suitable to,) 5focussed (focused.) 6in the introduction; focussed – and focussing (focused, focusing.) In the poems; til (‘til, or, till.)”There are a surprisingly large number” (there is a surprisingly large number.) 7dice (a single one of these is a die. Five mentions of “dice” should have been “die”.)
adepositaries (= storerooms is usually spelled depositories,) airplanes (aeroplanes, please.) bSet in London yet it has termites, “fear sunk cold and heavy” (sank,) four lines are mysteriously centred on the page whereas all the other are aligned normally, “the Government have operatives” (the Government has.) clightening (lightning.) “I thinks I saw that” (think.) dIn the author information afterword; Comma Press’ (Comma Press’s.) eWritten in USian. “after the asteroid hit” (previously it was asteroids,) “‘I’m pretty fucked, David.’ she says.” (ought to have a comma after David, not a full stop.) fsunk (sank,) “‘As if it’s no bad enough UHRRR’” (is missing punctuation after UHRRR? Full stop or ellipsis.) gvocal chords (cords,) “cooled to within an atom’s breadth of the ambient chill of space” (atomic width isn’t a measure of temperature,) a paragraph appears to end with a colon rather than a full stop but it precedes a description and the indentation may be the erroneous feature, “‘…than a thousand clicks across.’ said Melano” (comma instead of full stop before end quotation mark,) ditto “‘The resonance is getting stronger.’ I said.” Ditto “‘Subtle.’ said Melano.” Ditto “‘Original.’ remarked Melano;” Ditto “Go on.’ The other Melano urged.” Ditto “‘The resonances build with every duplication.’ my double explained.” Ditto “‘….twenty, fifty, a thousand of us.’ she-I-looked.” Ditto “‘Sorry.’ Melano cut in,” “its graphite mantel” (mantle,) “carbon monoxide atmosphere” responsible for “the photochemical synthesis of long-chain hydrocarbons” (so where do the necessary hydrogen atoms come from, then?) Auriela (elsewhere Aurelia.) ““Wh-what exactly are you saying?’.” (has a double quote mark at start and single at end plus an extraneous full stop.) h“turned my eyes toward the moon Good heavens!” (is missing a full stop after moon,) “fell from off them” (fell from them, or, fell off them.)

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