this issue, the book became magazine-sized (8" x 10.75"), where all
previous issues had been 7" x 9.75". This was an ambitious move, but
various difficulties led to the demise of Star*Reach with issue 18. I didn't
have any stories in this one, but I include it here because the LETTERS page carried
a thoughtful mention of my series.
--- I just finished it and loved it, but
I'm still not sure that I've absorbed it all. Referring, of course, to the conclusion
of Gray Lyda's "Tempus Fugit" series. On one level, I think about the
story's long eons and the interactions of earth, history, and the enigmatic Ultras.
On another level, I consider the journeys of evolving consciousness through mind's
memory, and how it travels backwards to subtly reinterpret memories and perceptions
to give meaning to the present and future. Major changes in our mentalities are
evoked by alterations as basic as the Ultras' remaking of history and evolution...
If Lyda ventures into entirely new territory or into more Ultra stories, I hope
it's egually thought- and eye-consuming.
Leighton Ku, Berkeley, CA
(THANKS Leighton, I'm glad ya liked it!)