tales to astound
the ever-rolling
oss magazine
april 2018

[Please send your letters and stories to Zendexor at heritageofdreams@aol.com]

[ + links to:   previous issues  -  The Eternal Zones story archive  ]

editorial

The growth of the April issue has begun.  During the course of this month I expect to present you with a cornucopia of fascinating material, both fiction and, perhaps, some thought-provoking non-fiction.

Jamie Ross got in first with a stunning sequel to Beyond Despair; and I mean stunning, for that describes the state of officialdom after the revelations which the joint Terran-Uranian expedition receive on Europa!  This tale belongs to a rare but important class of OSS story which not only celebrates but logically justifies the idea of a habitable solar system.  In other words, it gives a reason why it might, after all, be real.  And best of all, the plot positively invites a whole series of further sequels...

Jamie's story is a conceptual-breakthrough tale; the other good kind of story to have is the pure adventure, and Dylan has sent in one of this category.  Adventures require settings that are convincing in their own terms, and Pirates of Titan gives us one which, within an OSS context, is fascinatingly plausible.

this month's features:

Europa Dive.........................................................................by Jamie Ross

- Terrans and Uranians team up to face peril on a Jovian moon in a wonder-filled sequel to Beyond Despair

Pirates of Titan.....................................................................by Dylan T Jeninga

- Kira had to atone for her past, by undertaking one final mission for the authorities...

previous issues

march 2018 editorial

"Time, like an ever-rolling stream / Bears all its sons away..."  (And daughters, even.)  Isaac Watts' lines convey the sense of a continuum, whereas magazines in the pulp era had to be discrete events, appearing one after the other, month after month in separate issues.  We're no longer limited to that!  Here on-site is your continuum magazine!  The format of Tales to Astound (much of which, including the title, was suggested by Dylan Jeninga) shows that the Isaac Watts scenario has won out.  You readers, consequently, can be borne away on an ever-flowing tide of stories galore, each "monthly issue" cumulatively containing all the previously displayed tales as well as new ones...  burgeoning towards an infinity of Old Solar System adventure.

Stid:  You're doing well with the hype, Zendexor.  That's one point you have in common with the old editors.

Zendexor:  Indeed, for the sake of authenticity, a monthly orgy of self-congratulation should be part of the deal.

Stid:  Monthly?  How come?  If it's continuous how is it quantized into monthly issues?

Zendexor:  New things may happen every month; tales may be added every month, and/or comments made - the possibilities are endless.  Take this first "issue", for instance.  Five authors have sent in stories to me so far this month: an unprecedented bonanza.  Temporarily they show up in "This Month's Features", and permanently they reside in the archive, "The Eternal Zones".

Harlei:  The Eternal Zones.  Sounds transdimensional...

Zendexor:  Eternally significant, at any rate, as each work of fiction scores another groove in the plenum, the ultimate integral, the character of a world or worlds. 

march 2018 features

The Chthonic Pull and On the Shoreline of Darkness ............by Violet Bertelsen

          - sinister influences from the outer System against a rich background

Rock and the Belt Pirates...........................................................by Joe Guzzo

          - our hero puts his powers to the test in a sequel to Rock and a Hard Place    

Whom Gods Destroy...................................................................by Dylan Jeninga

          - Do Not Disturb the sleep of the Moon!

Project Utopia..............................................................................by R Olsen

          - women and men are worlds apart

Beyond Despair...........................................................................by Jamie Ross

          - the seventh planet holds a key to new life

the eternal zones

Here is our archive of on-site OSS tales, arranged, broadly, in astronomical zones from the Sun outwards to the System's edge.

This is the main section of Tales to Astound, where all our on-site fiction lurks.  Here the unwary reader can be drawn into our ameliorated neighbouring worlds.  Here you can experience how these "Oughtified" or "Shoulded" worlds have progressed, under the loving care of our writers, to being what they jolly well ought to be...

the solar furnace

Incandescence     by Dylan Jeninga

a warm but not scorching venus

Project Utopia     by R Olsen

earth-shimmer

Man of the World     by Robert Gibson

mysteries of the moon

The Archives of the Moon     by Robert Gibson

Whom Gods Destroy     by Dylan Jeninga

meandering on mars

Wanderers of Mars     by Dylan Jeninga

asteroidal adventures

Peril on Pallas     by Dylan Jeninga and Zendexor

Rock and a Hard Place     by Joseph Guzzo

Rock and the Belt Pirates     by Joseph Guzzo

jovian jeopardy

Flame Lords of Jupiter     by Robert Gibson and Zendexor

Europa Dive     by Jamie Ross

the saturn system

The Arc of Iapetus     by Robert Gibson

Pirates of Titan     by Dylan T Jeninga

the uranian touch

The Chthonic Pull     by Violet Bertelsen

Beyond Despair     by Jamie Ross

plutonian nightmare

On the Shoreline of Darkness     by Violet Bertelsen

Trans-plutonian trip

Mission to the Tenth Planet     by Dylan Jeninga and Zendexor      (unfinished)


workshop

Longtail: A Prologue     by Xiangjun Zeng