Review: Heat of the Midday Sun: Stories From the Weird Weird West, ed. David B. Riley, 2015.
Not all the stories in this distilled version of the first ten years of Science Fiction Trails are great. (And two stories were never published there.) Many aren’t even among my favorite stories from the issues I’ve read.
But they all manage to be at least acceptably entertaining. You’ll rarely find anything too serious or grim in that magazine.
I’m not going to review every story. Many I’ve read before and reviewed here. I’ll list them at the end.
But let’s take a look at the new stuff.
C. J. Killmer and Sam Kepfield, two stalwarts of the magazine, produce the best efforts.
Killmer’s “Forewarned Is” splices well-done, detailed gunplay and a science fiction concept together. It’s hero, Lefty Bolingbroke, a Southern aristocrat, is into Madam Chang and her gang for a lot of money. But, being the honorable sort (he did, after all, visit all those high-priced girls and smoke that premium opium), he doesn’t try to shoot his way out of trouble. Instead, he offers to pay his debt by taking care of “Big Jim” McCready, an outlaw who stole from Chang and is also wanted by the law. Oh, and Big Jim has four arms. Continue reading