I was probably primed by the Doc Savage novel The Sargasso Ogre.
When I saw Galaxy’s Edge was going to start doing a stories in a created universe called the Sargasso Legacy, I was intrigued. The chronology hinted at the possibility of political intrigue, China-U.S. rivalry, rogue AIs, Mars colonization, and the mystery of Sargasso Space, a spaceship eating zone beyond our solar system.
So, I decided to pick up Issue 11 of Galaxy’s Edge and check it out.
Marina J. Lostetter’s gets right down to business with “Song of the Sargasso”. The spaceship Basilisk, its crew highly paid to venture into Sargasso Space, encounters the hulk of the first ship to disappear there. Mayhem ensues. Not unexpectedly for the first story in a shared universe, a minor bit of the mystery is explained … and more mystery introduced. Still, it was engaging.
Stepping back from all that I hoped to find in the series, “Nikki Dark and the Black Rust” from Lou J. Berger has drug smuggling and a Space Patrol out to crush it. The drug in question is the nasty Black Rust which makes its addicts worthless for doing the jobs the space colonies need doing. Nikki Dark is a smuggler caught up in the trade out of desperation, and the Space Patrol confronts her with her fugitive past. Not what I expected, but it kept me reading, and I liked it.
The rest of the magazine is a fairly memorable collection of reprints and original work. Editor and publisher Michael Resnick has the experience and connections to attract major talent.
The columnists are good. Gregory Benford looks at the question as to whether science fiction has ever — or will ever — produce a Shakespeare.
Barry Malzberg talks about the young Marilyn Monroe and connects her to science fiction and his early years in the genre. (And does The Books That Time Forgot know Barry Malzberg penned, as Mike Barry, fourteen novels of the Lone Wolf series?)
It’s very likely I’ll check out future Sargasso Legacy stories and maybe even subscribe to Galaxy’s Edge.