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Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 37, January 01, 2008

Ray Gun Revival magazine, Issue 37, January 01, 2008

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Published by Johne Cook
25 pages

Ever Dark, An Aston West tale by T. M. Hunter
Serial Fiction
A solitary captain of a tramp freighter gets more than he bargained for when he finds an abandoned freight ship.

Featured artist larkin2

The Pasadena Rule by Ben Schumacher
Serial Fiction
Jack has jumped down to the planet's surface to try to save Katya.

Deuces Wild, Season Two, Interlude by L. S. King
Serial Fiction
An owner, a captain, and a woman spurned.
25 pages

Ever Dark, An Aston West tale by T. M. Hunter
Serial Fiction
A solitary captain of a tramp freighter gets more than he bargained for when he finds an abandoned freight ship.

Featured artist larkin2

The Pasadena Rule by Ben Schumacher
Serial Fiction
Jack has jumped down to the planet's surface to try to save Katya.

Deuces Wild, Season Two, Interlude by L. S. King
Serial Fiction
An owner, a captain, and a woman spurned.

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January 01, 2008
Issue 37
Pg. 2
Ray Gun Revival magazine
Issue 37, January 01, 2008
Overlords (Founders / Editors):
Johne Cook, L. S. King, Paul Chrisan Glenn
Venerable Staff:
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: D ovebot by Finn Clark
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 2008 by Double-edged Publishing,
a Memphis, Tennessee-based non-prot publisher.
Rev: 20080101d
2 Table of Contents
3 Overlords’ Lair
5 Ever Dark, An Aston West Tale
by T. M. Hunter
11 Featured Artist: Finn Clark
14 The Pasadena Rule
by Ben Schumacher
20 Deuces Wild, Interlude
by L. S. King
25 The RGR Time Capsule
December 15 - December 30, 2007
Pg. 3
Ray Gun Revival magazine
Issue 37, January 01, 2008
I knew it was the new year when I walked into

my local athletic club and saw the crowd of new faces working out their New Years resolutions. It would be easy to sneer at the newcomers, but despite the fresh faces competing for the machines I like to use and the racquetball courts that I frequent, I applaud their desire to make things better, whether they ultimately stick with it or not.

I know that the hard fact is that they won’t all stick with it, and for many of them, things will return to ‘normal’ before you know it. However, I’m pulling for them.

Here at Ray Gun Revival magazine, we have our own short list of things we’d like to do this next year. We have a number of serial novels concluding, and will be making them available as printed books. We have others waiting in the wings, including one by noted sci-fi author MKeaton. Behind the scenes, we’d like to cross-train our development so that more of us are able to help do the nuts-and-bolts development of the magazine. We’re looking for more Slushmasters to provide better and faster feedback to story subs. Bill Snodgrass from Double-edged Publishing continues to provide us with author and editor tools. And we’d like to create new formats for the

magazine so you can read RGR on your favorite

hand-held device. But most of all, we’d like to release the magazine on time. We’re working on that, too. ; )

So let’s dig into the stories in Issue 37. We start withEver Dark, An Aston West tale by T. M. Hunter. A solitary captain of a tramp freighter gets more than he bargained for when he finds an abandoned freight ship.

A hatch in the right wall split apart as I approached. Three more piles of ash lay at various spots around the rectangular bridge. Only one energy weapon was nearby, which told me someone had disintegrated unarmed victims. I shuddered.

The console stations around the bridge were all functional, so it didn’t take long to find the cargo bay controls at the aft end of the room. Fortunate for me, they weren’t locked down, so I ejected the first four bays and lifted my transmitter. “Jeanie,

pull
those
containers
in.”
“Acknowledged.”

I heard the far-off clunk as Jeanie broke free from the docking station. With time to kill, curiosity stepped in and I walked toward a small door half-open in the corner. A golden plaque lay at chest level and marked the room as Captain’s quarters. I pushed the door aside and saw a grey-haired head atop a wooden desk. The attached body was slumped forward in the matching chair. He had a loose grip on a small energy weapon, same as the others I’d seen. I snuck a glance at his left temple where a scorch mark was etched into his leathery skin.

Sad to say, it wasn’t the first dead body I’d ever seen, and wouldn’t be the last. The same could be said for a being who took his own life. Sometimes the darkness of death was preferable to the alternative.

Chapters 9 and 10 ofThePasadena Rule by Ben Schumacher picks up after one of the more selfless, daring acts I’ve ever read in fiction. Katya was trapped on the planet’s surface, and Jack jumped out of a perfectly good orbiting craft to try to help her. Talk about leaping to someone’s aid.

“Talk to me, Jack!”

It has been conclusively established from my suit data record that I was unconscious for no more than two minutes. You couldn’t prove that by me. When Katya’s urgent voice dragged me back to awareness, it might have been two hours or two weeks later. At first I did not even know where I was. (Remembering that datum a few seconds later did not exactly cheer me up.)

Finally, Season One of Deuces Wild has concluded when Slap and Tristan returned to Slap’s home planet and took down the Mordas crime syndicate from within. Author L. S. King tells us that we’ve just finished the introduction.

The real story starts now with a little difference between who is the owner and who is the captain.

Overlords’ Lair

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