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Greatest Uncommon Denominator - Spring 2007

  • Issue Number: Issue 0
  • Published Date: Spring 2007
  • Publication Cycle: Biannual

GUD is a splendid collection of the unexpected, surprising, and unsettling whose greatest common denominator may well be all of the above. From the sci-fi and fantasy with which the magazine abounds, "Moments of Brilliance," by Jason Stoddard – "Illumination: I am a biological machine, designed for this specific task" (1984 and then some!), to "Trying to Make Coffee" by William Doreski, whose attempt results in a cloud of chlorine gas (eerily timely on a day in which the headlines relate this substance as the latest hazard in Iraq), to "The Infinite Monkey Protocol" by Lavie Tidhar, and this wisdom: '"The first law of computer security,' he said, 'is don't buy a computer. [. . .] The second law of computer security' he said, 'is if you ever buy a computer, don't turn it on.'"

"Songs of the Dead," by Sarah Singleton and Chris Butler, is a surprisingly successful evocation of William Blake's childhood. John Mantooth's excellent, but appalling, "Chicken" is too lifelike for comfort. Robert Peake's "Poetry Code" makes an interesting case for some sort of structural similarity between computer source code and the poetic impulse. A perhaps expected caveat regarding the cover of this otherwise attractively bound and formatted journal: you may want to shelve it backward – as a miniature of the cover image appears on the spine – and yes, I know it's a pun, but is it worth it? Looking forward to the next issue in any event.

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Review Posted on June 07, 2016

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