Clarkesworld 88 – January 2014
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Guten Morgan by Waldermar Kazak
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld Magazine / eZine / podcas ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 27 January 2014
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The first story is "The Clockwork Soldier" by Ken Liu -+- Alex is a bounty hunter tasked with finding Ryder a rich man's son. As the story begins, she has found him and is letting him go. As the story goes on, in flashback, we find out why. It happens because of a story that Ryder tells and the horror of its conclusion. You might anticipate the ending, but it is nicely built up to. Good story!
The second story is "Grave of the Fireflies" by Cheng Jingbo, translated by Ken Liu -+- This is a tale told in fanciful form of a Queen, her lover, her daughter, and why the stars are going out. The language is beautiful and that's what makes this story so special.
The third story is a novelette, "Wine" by Yoon Ha Lee -+- Nasteng is being attacked. The Council of Five asks the help of Ahrep-na who will recruit armies on her own. Ruharn was born in the lower class and in "womanform". Now, she is a he and part of the battle. He is discouraged that the war is being won by the attrition of the mercenaries that had come from Ahrep-na. When he learns the source of the mercenaries, things change. Good solid tale with a fair amount of imaginative elements.
There are also two reprinted stories: "Ship's Brother" by Aliette de Bodard and "Utriusque Cosmi" by Robert Charles Wilson. I do not review reprinted stories but I hope you enjoy them.
The stories in Clarkesworld are always available, you can check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review).