Galaxy's Edge - Issue 10: September 2014
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: B00N2FRVD4
Date: 30 August 2014
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The September 2014 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#10) is. I will review the ones new to this issue.
The new fiction in the issue starts with "I, Arachnobot" by Brian Trent -+- A robot spider's only function is to weave decorative webs. It must protect an elderly woman from being killed and still obey the Three Laws of Robotics. Cleverly done!
"Eine Kleine Nachtfilm" by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro -+- Doug and Jenn show films in a park to an ever increasing audience. They are a tremendous success. Nice story, Kind of like something Ray Bradbury might write.
"God Walks Into a Bar" by Larry Niven (A Draco Tavern Story) -+- When a big crowd invades Draco's tavern, Rick hears someone announce himself as God. What is going on? Clever.
"Neep" by K.C. Norton -+- Our narrator is an intelligent turnip, made so by the knife of Gartner "Mads" Poulson. She knows that eventually she will be eaten. She tries to find ways to avoid that. Those ideas fail but she finds a strange success of a sort. Very imaginative and very good!
"Wourism" by Ian Whates -+- Ginny is on a "Wourism" (War Tourism) Tour of the city of Serna that had been under siege in the last war. Ginny's people were the victors. The people of Serna were not. Ginny's boyfriend, Alex, is excited by the re-created destruction. Ginny has a different reaction. Very moving story.
The last new story is "Exemplar" by Mercedes Lackey (A Secret World Chronicles Prequel Story) -+- Vicki Nagy is beginning her studies as a Day Student at St. Rhiannon's School for Exceptional Students. She is exceptional even more than the average exceptional and quickly realizes that a pale boy named Paul Hunter is being bullied by the homophobic in-crowd. She devises a solution. I have never read any of Lackey's stories and don't know if these are important people in her mythos but I am guessing they are. Nicely done and it represents what we all would have liked to be able to do in high school.
Galaxy's Edge has a lot more than these: Good reprinted stories, an interview, columns, book reviews, and a serialization of a classic. I recommend that you pick it up.