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Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 33, November 01, 2007

Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 33, November 01, 2007

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Published by Johne Cook
40 pages

Little White Truths: an Aston West Tale by T.M.Hunter
Fiction
Addictions can be hard to break, especially when they're so much fun.

The Pasadena Rule by Ben Schumacher
Fiction
The Pasadena Rule says when you're screwed, you do your job, and then you sign off. Unless, of course, you ignore the Rule.

Deuces Wild: "Strange Bedfellows, Part Four" by L. S. King
Serial Fiction
Tristan's new alliance with Slap's old enemy sets the former friends at odds.
40 pages

Little White Truths: an Aston West Tale by T.M.Hunter
Fiction
Addictions can be hard to break, especially when they're so much fun.

The Pasadena Rule by Ben Schumacher
Fiction
The Pasadena Rule says when you're screwed, you do your job, and then you sign off. Unless, of course, you ignore the Rule.

Deuces Wild: "Strange Bedfellows, Part Four" by L. S. King
Serial Fiction
Tristan's new alliance with Slap's old enemy sets the former friends at odds.

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November 01, 2007
Issue 33
Pg. 2
Ray Gun Revival magazine
Issue 33, November 01, 2007
Overlords (Founders / Editors):
Johne Cook, L. S. King, Paul Chrisan Glenn
Venerable Staf:
A.M. Sckel - Managing Copyeditor
Shannon McNear - Lord High Advisor, grammar consultant, listening
ear/sanity saver for Overlord Lee
Paul Chrisan Glenn - PR, sounding board, strong right hand
L. S. King - Lord High Editor, proofreader, beloved nag, muse,
webmistress
Johne Cook - art wrangler, desktop publishing, chief cook and bole
washer
Slushmasters (Submissions Editors):
Sco M. Sandridge

John M. Whalen
David Wilhelms
Shari L. Armstrong
Jack Willard

Serial Authors:
Sean T. M. Sennon

John M. Whalen
Ben Schumacher
Lee S. King

Paul Chrisan Glenn
Johne Cook
Cover Art: “bearing witness...” by Marn Bland
Without Whom... Bill Snodgrass, site host,
Web-Net Soluons, admin, webmaster, database admin, mentor, con-
dante, liaison – Double-edged Publishing
Special Thanks:
Ray Gun Revival logo design by Hatchbox Creative
Ray Gun Revival
Table of Contents
Visit us online athtt p : / / rayg u n rev i va l . co m
All content copyright 2007 by Double-edged Publishing,
a Memphis, Tennessee-based non-prot publisher.
Rev: 20071101c
2 Table of Contents
3 Overlords’ Lair
5 Little White Truths, An Aston West Tale
5
by T. M. Hunter
10 The Wastelander
by Robert Mancebo
20 Featured Artist: Martin Bland
24 ThePas aden a Rule
by Ben Schumacher
33 Deuces Wild,
Chapter 17, Strange Bedfellows, Part Four
by L. S. King
40 The RGR Time Capsule
October 15 - October 31, 2007
Pg. 3
Ray Gun Revival magazine
Issue 33, November 01, 2007
Fear.

As I write this, it is that time of year again, the time of year I think about various things. The physical cues are all there, from the fleeing warmth and the deepening cold to the shortening of the light and the lengthening of the dark.

It all starts so innocently, but there is an inexorable slide. I think of hayrides and the autumn harvest. I think of the sharing of community on Halloween and the playfully macabre.

But lurking behind the scenes, I feel something else, genuine evil, and it is every day on the front page of the news, and it isn’t. I fear both.

Like many things, fear is a complex thing. Some things are really obvious—the unexplained noise in the darkness, sudden motion out of the corner of your eye, unexpected pain. However, some fears require more thought, which seems like a cruel joke. The more you know, the more things there are to fear—notification of a sexual predator living in your area, a wave of unsolved home invasions, identity theft, soaring inflation, global warming or cooling, as-yet-unknown superbugs.

The classic monsters of Hollywood’s Golden Age always

fascinated more than frightened me. They were so rich in characterization, from Dr. Frankenstein and the pathos of his misunderstood monster to the enigmatic Count, to the tragedy of the wolfman. They were creatures who threatened other people in other places. There was a wealth of story there, tragic love given and lost, even a measure of adventure.

But sci-fi has given us a whole new realm of things to
fear, and they are more globally threatening. I think

of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the implacable replication of The Thing, the utterly inhuman and unstoppable dread of Ridley Scott’s Alien.

I like how they phrased it in “Men In Black”: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Everything they’ve ever ‘known’ has been proven to be wrong. A thousand years ago everybody knew as a fact, that the earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on it. Imagine what you’llk now tomorrow.“

There it is—what we take for granted today could be completely changed at any moment, our lives upset, the illusion of our shallow confidences shattered.

What is fear for you? Lack of control? Pain? Loss of a loved one? Looming dread? The threat of things outside your ability to prevent or change? Death? Life?

In this issue, fear comes in different forms.
In our first story, fear comes in the form of addiction.
Little White Truths: an Aston West Tale
by T.M.Hunter
Addictions can be hard to break, especially when they’re
so much fun.
There was no way to deny my addicon. I made
no eort to work myself out of it, either. Instead,
we kept each other company like an old married
couple.
In the same vein, we had traveled a road lled

with pain and sorrow, regret and disappointment, endless strings of lonely nights. Our marriage had become one of convenience and habit, but neither

of us had the willpower to call it o.
I gazed into the pool of liquid as it waited paently,

smooth as an iced-over pond. Then, I tossed the glass back and most of the sour drink slid down my throat.

“You must be a space pilot.”
“Must be,” I muered.

I placed the near-empty glass on the table and looked up as a tall, slender female eased out of the smoke.

Her pale blue skin glowed in the dim light and her hips swayed as she made her way to my table. A skimpy white skirt barely covered her long legs and matching fabric patches were not enough to leave

any poron of her ample breasts to my imaginaon.
Her long hair was bleached blonde and hung all the
way down her back.
Her occupaon was as obvious as mine.
Our second story is about the fear of an interstellar
pioneer in the face of a brutal alien invasion.
The Wastelander
by Robert Mancebo
A murderous alien raid shows a young pioneer that
sometimes human beings can be too civilized.
“What’s happening?” Jason’s pudgy face was pale in
the emergency back-up illuminators.
Overlords’ Lair

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