STICKEL’S WINTER 2015 BP
(#70) EDITORIAL: “70/70 VISION”
Since my doctor
expects my untimely demise at any second from a stroke, I’d better hurry these
keystrokes. This is the latest I’ve ever been for an editorial, and I have
nothing to blame it on except turning 70 the month prior to BP’s 70th
issue, not even
the emergency appendectomy I had Nov. 21, 2014. There was also the 3-month
delay in replacing our broken shower, a work whose slow, painful progress I felt
I just had to monitor instead of writing.
I was lucky to manage my traditional holiday newsletter. (What do people do who
don’t have backup showers in their homes?) Thank heavens our writers didn’t
procrastinate and managed to fill
this issue with the speculative scenarios enabled by their creative ambition.
This time around
we’re proud to showcase the works of 8 short story authors and 2 poets. Our
esteemed editor/webmaster, Ken Crist, selected the art to compliment the tales.
And, as usual, Chris Friend has contributed his thought-provoking MARS NEWS
Moving through time
and space, peek at the contents: A Portal
into Paradise by Michael Stewart leads to a dying desire fulfilled; Borrowing
Some Love by Roy Dorman spies
on a loser in love; Deep Time Salvage
by Charles C. Cole follows the fate of time-traveling thieves; Express to Nowhere by Pavelle Wesser teaches a child genius hard truths; Micah’s Gift by ‘M.C. Colby’ enlightens
a mindless tragedy; Not Safe by
‘Emily Livingstone’ enters the ghostly realm with an unheeded warning; Stuck
in the Past by Paul Strickland rides
radio waves to eternity; The Blighted
Stone by Michael Stewart uncovers an artifact of ambition; The Drive by Jonah D. Mann looks through alien eyes; and The Substitute Husbands by Charlie Cole is a how-to on
knocking off interdimensional knock-offs.
Cisneros and Grant Tarbard) in this 70th issue also confront us with
their unique take on love and death and sacrifice. We humans continue the
tragic errors to which we are historically prone. And even the most gifted
among us, despite help from our spirit guardians, cannot escape the
consequences of failing to forgive. So, please forgive my tardiness, and brevity,
faithful readers. Enjoy the issue.