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  • By David Burnham
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Universe Pathways Issue 5: Reviewed by DJ Burnham" This magazine overflows with thought-provoking content, fascinating artwork and an eclectic blend of styles; interspersed with poetry, which tones the lyrical palate. Kulikauskas’ ‘White Rowan Tree’ is a brilliant piece of ‘P K Dickian-esque’ reality-shifting paranoia and my favourite of this issue. Afxentiou’s ‘For The Ends of Being’ is rich in ideas and originality; chapter 9 was totally gripping. ‘The Naked Eye’ displays attention to scientific detail and conjecture combining to make it a punchy, well-written story. Gladwish’s ‘Stone Me’ is a laugh-out-loud account of druidic confrontation imbued with splendid irony and humorous realism. Harvey’s ‘Doctor Kulik’s Folly’ is an elegantly written, timeline-tampering, alien encounter story that draws the reader on with growing curiosity. Huto’s ‘War Lords’ is inspirational both in its concept and its modernity. In a fabulous nod towards Daniel Defoe Hartman &... More > Pentman weave a genuinely alien tale in ‘Symbiosis’, while Norona super-distils a Gibsonesque reality into ‘Castaways’. Sanders’ ‘Unexpected Price’ confronts paradox and ambition, as well as setting every writer a testing conundrum. Hamilton’s ‘A New Sleep’ poetically examines an old question with engagingly haunting overtones of Dante and Hieronymus Bosch. Connell’s ‘Tongue’ fascinates with its anthropomorphic lateral thinking. I enjoyed Chrisos’ extrapolated fable and Richardson creates a fascinating world lightly dusted with humour and philosophy. ‘Kitten Krazy’ reminded me of when our own boy was a tiny pinball of fluff. I thought the genre of sci-fi vampires had been utterly exhausted until I read ‘Paradise’. Watson pens good, solid space opera and de Bella’s ‘Amoite’ is intelligently written and rich in ideas. Caner delivers a poetic, fully formed fable and ‘Leo’s Daughter’ has a similar feel with a futuristic edge. Meikle nicely captures the hierarchy and dynamic of playground interaction – before giving it more sinister overtones – and Crisler works a humanistic twist into an open-ended story on a familiar theme. Universe Pathways 5’s well-rounded format is underlined by the editor’s book reviews, a highly enjoyable interview with Bruce Holland Rogers, an other-worldly tale and images from Hewes, and Coppinger’s absorbing futuristic conjecture – logically conceived and hopeful in what one might hope to be an attainable scenario. Any minor grammatical niggles in some of the pieces can largely be overlooked in the context of giving writers a valuable vehicle for expression.< Less
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George Sotirhos
April 9, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.93 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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