Reviews by Paulo Respighi

Rada - A Drama of War in One Act

by Alfred Noyes

A one-act, one scene play of a doctor's wife trying to protect her 12 year old daughter from Romanian soldiers after they had invaded their town and killed her husband. It pretty much illustrates how any crime becomes acceptable to soldiers, once the killing starts.
Not a happy story.

Reviewed on 2014.09.14

Fake

by Moxie Mezcal

Told as a series of confessions by the people involved, the story has to do with a wire service stringer investigating a wildfire who visits a burnt shack with a dungeon that seemed to have held a woman for several years. When the story's sensation dies down, he manufactures and discovers the woman. Things get complicated when the woman shows up.
Some good characterizations, and a plot that left me guessing, even past the end. Dark and cynical, if that's your taste.

Reviewed on 2014.09.13

Conquest Over Time

by Michael Shaara

By interplanetary law, the first company to land on a newly-discovered planet with sentient life gets the chance to negotiate a contract for whatever they can get. Unfortunately, the people of the planet Mert made all their choices astrologically, and, while Travis landed first, he landed on a bad day. A very, very, bad day.
An interesting way to run a world, with a couple of pretty good characters and a decent plot.

Reviewed on 2014.09.12

The Giants From Outer Space

by Geoff St. Reynard

Well, the giants are in outer space and don't really go very far. Light years from Earth an exploratory ship detects life on an asteroid. Investigating, they find a human space-babe in suspended animation. Then a Martian in suspended animation. When they bring them on board, every machine stops working, the Martian disappears, and they find themselves fighting a creature that doesn't breathe, doesn't eat, and can be any shape or a vapor.
Everyone but the shipwrecked woman is male. Nice plotting, but some of the characters were a bit thin. A much better story than the title would suggest.

Reviewed on 2014.09.09

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