As those of you who saw Friday’s post know, I’m reading contributor’s copies. The latest was The Fifth Di from March 2018 (yes, I’m a year and a half behind. I know. My to-be-read pile is approaching critical mass. If you see news that something collapsed upon itself and generated a black hole centered in Argentina that is slowly absorbing matter from all of the rest of the world and will end life as we know it, it was my TBR pile. I apologize in advance).
This one hit me hard, because of the four stories within, it contains one by my good friend Robert N. Stephenson, a brilliantly talented writer from Australia who, sadly, committed suicide in August.
This was my first time in Fifth Di, so it’s also my first contributor’s copy, and I was quite impressed by it. It holds four stories (mine is entitled “Spinning Candle”, a science fiction suspense piece). The one I liked the most (I never rate mine in these, obviously) was a tale by Lachlan Walter called “She has no Toys”. This one was a tear jerker on more than one level, with a well-created atmosphere and, coming right before the story penned by my lost friend made the mag hit home pretty hard.
So, a recommended read here. I definitely invite you to check it out (if you do, please let me know what you thought!).
Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine novelist and short story writers. For those who enjoy science fiction suspense, he is also the author of the tense thriller Siege. You can buy it here.