Reviewed by Steve Dean
Issue two of Kzine, and I’m already becoming a huge fan. We have an eclectic mix of eight stories this time, the opener has got to be my favourite, but they are all good.
â€œThe Other Brainâ€ by Robert Neilson is a cheeky, Asimov inspired robot story, but goes to places Isaac never went. When Susan Calzone’s husband dies at an inconvenient time, she is forced to make a robot copy of him. This copy isn’t convincing enough, until she finds out what’s missing. A great story, well told, and one many people will empathise with!
â€œAn Unwilling Avatarâ€ by Billy Wong is a pure fantasy story, and all the better for it. Clara and her partner are fighting a bunch of nasties when Clara is taken over by a powerful force, resulting in her wiping out the enemy boss and routing his troops. But the force isn’t all it seems, and Clara is soon in big trouble. There’s not enough short fantasy fiction around, so all credit to the editor for bringing us this excellent piece.
â€œRemote Controlâ€ by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt is a short short, a story about a young boy getting revenge on the man who beat him. It’s dark, and slightly empiric, but it works fine.
So overall, another triumph and another slice of great value story telling. Marvellous.