Issue 7, Volume 1, Number 7
August/September 2002

Editor: Fraser Ronald
Cover Illustration and Design by Bob Childers of Braincube Records.
Swords Edge Logo designed by Bob Childers.


Table of Contents

Editorial It's a Whole New Ballgame
There's a new domain in town, and it's all ours. But just when I thought I worked hard, I met someone who works harder. Ain't that always the way?

Interview Eric S. Brown and Night Shopping
An interview with Eric S. Brown
There's a new terror magazine called Night Shopping about to hit the stands. So, what's it all about? Well, Fraser Ronald, editor of Sword's Edge cornered Eric S. Brown, the editor of the new magazine, and got some answers.

Fiction Quarry of Sand
A short story
Elise is back. The hero of "A Stone's Throw" and "On The Hoof" returns with more wizard problems. Sometimes it's not only the live ones that can be really irritating.

Fiction The Attendant
A short story
A short story from the Westchester Station collection (which will be reviewed in an upcoming Sword's Edge). One never knows who one might run into at Westchester Station.

Fiction Heed the Call
A short story
The tales of the grandfathers warn of the danger of interlopers. They thought they had repulsed the tall, brawny men and their equally dangerous women, but one survived. To what purpose?

Fiction Rogues Night Out
A short story
Ellianora Bladedancer thought it would be a simple job. She thought she could make a few coins and disappear. She should have listened to her first instinct and avoided becoming involved in the affairs of priests. An adventure from the world Iamoore.

Fiction Computer Virus
A short story
She felt ill. The whole company felt ill. But what kind of virus was this? That was one question no one bothered to ask.

Fiction Hadrapole: The Witch-Finders Arrive
Serial fiction from the Hadrapole shared setting.
Kent and Maeve ponder the arrival of Witch-Finders from the Vast Kingdoms. Gram takes a step toward finding the murderers, but how can he catch them, watch the Witch-Finders and keep his men on top of Vile Eye Andru? And are any of these connected? Andru, meanwhile, gets a visit from Gram, who comes with news Andru hadn't expected to find so disturbing.
Warning, some of the language used may give offence.

Preview Hidden Empire Preview
Novel Preview
This is a preview of the book by Kevin J. Anderson, from Time Warner Aspect. This issue of Sword's Edge also includes a review of this same book.

Preview The Mocking Program Preview
Novel Preview
This is a preview of the book by Alan Dean Foster, from Time Warner Aspect. This issue of Sword's Edge also includes a review of this same book.

Review Hidden Empire Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the first book in a new series by Kevin J. Anderson, from Time Warner Aspect.

Review The Knight and Knave of Swords Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a preview of the final book in the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber, from Ace Books.

Review The Mocking Program Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the new book by Alan Dean Foster, from Time Warner Aspect.

Review Across the Nightingale Floor Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the first book in a new series by Lian Hearn, from Riverhead Books.

Review Sisters of the Raven Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the new book by Barbara Hambly, from Time Warner Aspect.

Review xXx Review
A movie review by Eric S. Brown
The new spy-action movie starring Vin Diesel. It's number 1 at the box office in Canada right now. Should it be? The editor of the new terror magazine, Night Shopping, Eric Brown, gives us the scoop

Review The Planet of the Apes (2001) Review
A movie review by Fraser Ronald
This remake of one of the classics of science fiction cinema is now available on DVD and video. Is it worth a rent, maybe a purchase? Well, the editor of Sword's Edge has his misgivings.

Review Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Review
A movie review by Fraser Ronald
This Angelina Jolie vehicle, based on the hugely popular video game series, seems to have a couple of built in audiences. If you're not entirely captivated by the beautiful Ms. Jolie or a huge fan of the video game, is this movie worth your time?

The Gamer's Corner How Many Is Too Many?
An article by Chris Marlowe
You can game with two people or ten, but are the games affected by a lack or surplus of players? As with everything, that depends, but here are some thoughts on numbers and the quality of the game.


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