Michael Moorcock's New Worlds 01
Edited by Roger Gray
Review by Sam Tomaino
Michael Moorcock's New Worlds Online Magazine
Date: 23 November 2012
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The classic New Worlds has come back as an online magazine called Michael Moorcock's New Worlds. As of now, new issues will be published 'sporadically' and are up for an indefinite period of time at http://newworlds.co.uk/index.php. The price per issue is £3.00 GBP ($4.95) and lasts while the issue is up. You must register (a simple process) the first time. Here are the stories, all good, in the first issue.
"Cerebim Seraphim" by Luke R. Pebler: Tod is an underage kid who uses his hacking skills to sneak into a trendy nightclub with his brother Vance and his brother's girlfriend, Doris. Vance is hot to try out the clubs "Cerebim" (cerebral imager) which can "provide a direct channel between the Author's astral subconscious and the infinite canvas of 3-D realspace." Tod is unimpressed. Vance's session with the Cerebim is flashy but not much different than anyone else's, but Tod and Doris praise him for it. Then, it's Tod's name under his spoof personality, Clarice. That part is unimportant and Tod's session with the Cerebim is something truly unique and impressive, like this story.
"Follow Me Through Anarchy" by Jetse de Vries: Alex Sanders has been neutered and shifts from male to female and back again constantly. The narrative alternates between masculine and feminine pronouns. The story spotlights various times in Alex's life: a conference with a man named Tanaka, walking through a village of only one-way streets in a fruitless search for a fishing rod, young Alex hiding in a tree from people seeking him/her, in "the organic library of Abbonly where the books keep changing", at a very unusual football (soccer) match, a very unusual concert. All this relates to what Tanaka is and why he's talking to Alex. This is a wildly, anarchical tale but one should just go with the flow. It is quite remarkable.
"Cradle and Ume" by Geoffrey W. Cole: In some distant future, Earth has mostly been abandoned and Cradle, am artificial intelligence, has been assigned the task of watching over the last humans on Earth. The Kamurei are a primitive people that, long ago, chose to live without the modern world. They have willingly shut themselves in a valley near the Andes, but that was a long time ago. Ume is a posthuman activist who wants all peoples to be free. Cradle will not permit it, despite Ume's attempts at sabotage. Eventually the other posthumans sublimate, leaving the physical world. "Some hide in processing cores buried in the hearts of stable moons, others code themselves into the quantum fabric of space and drift out through the cosmos." Over the years, Ume convinces Cradle to relax its strictures as there are no longer any other posthumans to interfere with the Kamurei. This all results in a fascinating story of the rise of a civilization and the relationship between Cradle and Ume.
"Zerk and Me" by Laura E. Goodwin: Frank, our hruman narrator has become friends with Zerk, an alien who showed up at his door one day and Frank took him in. Aliens are visiting Earth on a regular basis and governments have urged their peoples to be friendly with them. When a strange craft lands in their back yard, Zerk is obsessed to find out what's inside. Eventually, another alien, who winds up being called Stubby and Frank learns more about Zerk. This was a good take on the classic buddy story and quite touching.
So yes, Michael Moorcock's New Worlds is well-worth the $4.95 per issue. Check them out at the URL in our links section. Please let them know that you heard about them at SFRevu!