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  1. 4 out of 5

    John Loyd

    6 • The Brave Little Toaster • 33 pages by Thomas M. Disch Very Good. Five appliances at a summer cabin have been left alone for over two years. They are worried about their master. They remember a story about a fox terrier who returned to his master and decide to do the same thing themselves. They embark on an incredible journey. 46 • Gambling Man • 11 pages by Thomas A. Easton Good/VG. Howie invents a TV that shows a picture of fifty hours in the future. The small town wins quite a few bets att 6 • The Brave Little Toaster • 33 pages by Thomas M. Disch Very Good. Five appliances at a summer cabin have been left alone for over two years. They are worried about their master. They remember a story about a fox terrier who returned to his master and decide to do the same thing themselves. They embark on an incredible journey. 46 • Gambling Man • 11 pages by Thomas A. Easton Good/VG. Howie invents a TV that shows a picture of fifty hours in the future. The small town wins quite a few bets attracting the attention of organized crime. Some thugs come into town and want to know where they've been getting their information. 57 • Fascination • 7 pages by Barry N. Malzberg, Bill Pronzini Fair/OK. A man playing a carnival game is talking to the short man next to him about aliens. About how we should be worrying about alien abduction. The short guy says to let him concentrate on the game. 64 • What He Wore for Them • 21 pages by Bruce McAllister Fair/OK. A man with amnesia realizes that the people of this village are expecting miracles from him. Try as he might he can't do it, but he is shown proof that he had done great healings. He regrew a man's arm. His lack of healing ability is connected to his amnesia, why would he give himself amnesia? That isn't answered, or at least I didn't see it. 85 • The Monuments of Science Fiction • 11 pages by John Kessel OK/Good. Frame story is a 1950s pastiche. Here domestic animals have gone wild with a population explosion. Jim is an exterminator with PECOS. They've been called in to investigate the murder of a scientist that was working on some secret invention that will help with the problem. 98 • Real Estate • 14 pages by Jerrold Mundis OK+. Harold and Edna by a house thinking of it as an investment and with two free floors it should pay for itself. The repairs and upkeep on the house is more than expected. Every extra penny of their checks is going into the house. Then one day Harold finds a hundred dollars. This starts happening every month. It becomes so regular that they add it into their budget. 124 • And Mercy Mild • 8 pages by Lori Allen Fair/OK. Lisa's great-grandmother comes for Christmas and tells her of the old days. Three generations later she is Grams. Repeat this twice more and we get glimpses of their world. 132 • Strata • 29 pages by Edward Bryant OK. Steve, Paul, Carroll and Ginger went to prom together. Now, fifteen years later they are getting together again. Paul now works for an energy company that is leasing lands to get at the coal. Ginger is a reporter who thinks this will ruin the landscape and is not going to help the Native Americans. Some of Paul's crew have been scared away by ghosts. His old friends want Steve to come along because he can see things that others can't.

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    Scott Walker

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    Leroy Erickson

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    Michael Joseph Schumann

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Crowl

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