Issue 9, Volume 1, Number 9
November 2002

Editor: Fraser Ronald
Cover Illustration: The Emperor Charles V at Muhlberg by Tiziano Vecellio Di Gregorio (Titian)
Design by Fraser Ronald.
Swords Edge Logo designed by Bob Childers.


Table of Contents

Editorial Explanations
Yeah, I haven't been as diligent as I should be. I've been late and lazy. It isn't exactly an apology, it's just an explanation.

Fiction The Lion's Brood
A short story by Howard Andrew Jones
A tale of Hamilcar's sons--his Lion's Brood--the most famous of whom was Hannibal. As you shall see, Scipio Africanus had more help than even he knew.

Fiction Retinal Man
A short story by Robert F. Bremmer
It isn't just beauty in the eye of the beholder, there's plenty more. And it doesn't necessarily disappear when one closes one's eyes.

Fiction Aquarius XY3
A short story by Ian Fulton Roberts
Waking from nothingness into a nightmare, he had to fight for his freedom--for his very life--against an enemy that held his soul in a simple stick.

Fiction Loup Noir
A short story by Jennifer L. Oberlander
The Loup Noir was a bad man. He was a killer without a conscience and a slaver when the opportunity presented himself. But even a big bad Black Wolf can be brought down by some Venom.
Note: Some language used may give offense.

Review Sword in the Storm Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the first novel in the Rigante series by David Gemmell, from Del Rey Books, an imprint of Ballantine Publishing Group.

Review Midnight Falcon Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the second novel in the Rigante series by David Gemmell, from Del Rey Books, an imprint of Ballantine Publishing Group.

The Gamer's Table Even John Woo Would Blush
An article by Chris Marlowe
In D&D, people can take more hits than the bad guys in a John Woo movie. Is that a good thing? Well, I guess it is if you want to be the next Hong Kong action movie King.

The Writers' Workshop The Map's The Thing . . .
An article by Fraser Ronald
Many, but certainly not all fantasy novels include maps, glossaries and sundry other glossaries. How useful are these additions? Should a writer worry about them?

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