Every single story in this issue is substantially about death. Okay, December is the end of the year, but I don't remember Death issues on other Decembers. It's a strange choice. I only really liked two:
1. In Concert by Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem -- there's a lost astronaut and an elderly woman who hears other people sometimes. She hears the astronaut and he hears her. He gives her a phone number to call. Can they save him? Will she live long enough?
2. The Flowers of Nicosia by David Ira Cleary -- middle-aged rock musicians are determined to make peace between Islam and Christianity by playing music in the Islamic areas, in the midst of a plague outbreak. Do they live? Does anybody? The cover, by J.K. Potter, is not only very accurate but shows some of the symbolism in the story.