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  1. 4 out of 5

    John Loyd

    5 • The Illuminated Man • 27 pages by J. G. Ballard Poor. The Hubble effect has struck three parts of the globe. A scientific survey goes to the site in Florida. They get caught inside the affected area and separated. James can't find his way out. Somehow he doesn't die and neither to the bearded man or the police captain who keep turning up. Like a horror film, but we have to read the visual effects. 32 • Three Times Around • 5 pages by Jane Roberts OK/Fair. Jerry Fox is the one going to the la 5 • The Illuminated Man • 27 pages by J. G. Ballard Poor. The Hubble effect has struck three parts of the globe. A scientific survey goes to the site in Florida. They get caught inside the affected area and separated. James can't find his way out. Somehow he doesn't die and neither to the bearded man or the police captain who keep turning up. Like a horror film, but we have to read the visual effects. 32 • Three Times Around • 5 pages by Jane Roberts OK/Fair. Jerry Fox is the one going to the laundromat this week. It’s hot and creepy inside. 37 • You Have to Stay Inside • 1 pages by Calvin W. Demmon Fair. Edward has a close call with the Harris thing, others aren’t so lucky. 38 • No Place Like Where • 11 pages by Robert M. Green, Jr. Good. John lives in a beehive. Not literal, just that identical buildings next to each other with identical floors, so when a young girl comes into the apartment it’s assumed she has the wrong address, but when they call her parents they find similarities. 51 • A Red Heart and Blue Roses • 16 pages by Mildred Clingerman OK/Good. Mrs. Pemberton's son comes home for Christmas hitching a ride with Damon. They are too good hearted to send him off to be alone, but Damon is a challenging their patience. 72 • Sea Wrack • 17 pages by Edward Jesby Fair/Poor. An injured fish-man appear on a resort beach. Greta likes him, the servants are kind of afraid. Greta’s boyfriend gets jealous or otherwise irritated and fruitlessly attacks the hastily recovered Gunnar. This personal animosity could be a carry over of the animosity between the races. I didn’t get this story. Why would someone who lives in the sea stay above water after he’s healed [and not wanted]? It didn’t seem to be romance. If it’s a war, how will taking out some remote island help Gunnar’s people? 89 • Mar-ti-an • 4 pages by Robert Lory OK. A criminal from Mars is allowed to escape to Earth in hopes that the Earthlings will do what they can’t. 103 • Touchstone • 12 pages by Terry Carr OK+. Randolph goes into a bookstore and buys a smooth rock that has a soothing effect on him. Too soothing. 115 • The New Encyclopaedist • 2 pages by Stephen Becker OK/Fair. Building of fall out shelters taken to an extreme. 117 • Cantabile • 9 pages by Jon Decles OK. A seed seeps its way into the garden of the Baron’s tower. The beast grows fast. When a woman discovers the beast she thinks it’s a little boy and feeds him. The next day he’s grown into a man.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leroy Erickson

    Nothing really great, a couple of borderline bad. J. G. Ballard - The Illuminated Man - 3 stars - Plant and animal life at some locations on Earth starts changing to a crystaline structure. The science seems ridiculous and the story is kind of nebulous. Jane Roberts - Three Times Around - 4 stars - Watch out when you go to wash your clothes at laundromats. A kind of low key horror story. Calvin W. Demmon - You Have To Stay Inside - 2 stars - A nonsense story. Robert M. Green, Jr. - No Place Like Whe Nothing really great, a couple of borderline bad. J. G. Ballard - The Illuminated Man - 3 stars - Plant and animal life at some locations on Earth starts changing to a crystaline structure. The science seems ridiculous and the story is kind of nebulous. Jane Roberts - Three Times Around - 4 stars - Watch out when you go to wash your clothes at laundromats. A kind of low key horror story. Calvin W. Demmon - You Have To Stay Inside - 2 stars - A nonsense story. Robert M. Green, Jr. - No Place Like Where - 4 stars - A man lives with his family in a large apartment building, one of 6 identical buildings in the complex. To get to the 15th floor where his apartment is located he has to take one of two elevators, one of which never seems to work for him although it does for other people. One day he finds out why. Theodore L. Thomas - The Building of a Protein - 3 stars - A short article on how to build a protein from scratch. Mildred Clingerman - A Red Heart and Blue Roses - 4 stars - A woman who's in the hospital tells a story about the very odd young man who her son brought home with him on a military break. The man adopts her as his mother and never seems to want to let go no matter what she says. Edward Jesby - Sea Wrack - 4 stars - In the future over-population leads to cities on the bottom of the sea with people adapted to live in the sea. Of course, land people and sea people end up fighting. Robert Lory - Mar-ti-an - 5 stars - A Martian prison "executes" a dangerous prisoner by sending him to Earth in a small rocket. The prisoner lands safely on Earth, however, but ends up as the prisoner of a backwoods family. Isaac Asimov - Science: Ghost Lines in the Sky - 3 stars - A discussion of latitude and longitude. Terry Carr - Touchstone - 4 stars - A man buys a rock which is said to have magical properties and he finds to be very soothing. Ultimately he finds out that it is way too soothing. Stephen Becker - The New Encyclopaedist - 3 stars - A short entry on survivors of an apocalypse. Jon DeCles - Cantabile - 3 stars - The short life of an alien (?) life form which quickly grows up to become a man and just as quickly dies.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MissJessie

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mahreen Khan

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pat Winter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Joseph Schumann

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allan Phillips

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dante

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Crowl

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