Clarkesworld 98 – November 2014
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Kuldar Leement
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eZine / Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 28 November 2014
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Clarkesworld #98 is here with three new stories.
The first story is "Cameron Rhyder's Legs" by Matthew Kressel -+- Time War - The opposing forces are the Hands of Brahma and the Anachronists. Their battlefield is a concert by a group called the Goo Globbers. We get many view points, from both sides. Who is right? Hard to know. This is the kind of story that you just go along for the ride. OK.
The second story is "Pernicious Romance" by Robert Reed -+- At halftime during a college football game, a giant football helmet in the middle of the field explodes. This causes an EMP and some other physical effects. There are 70,000 people at the game. Fifty-Eight people die right then and thirty-nine more later. But the others all seem to have some sort of blackout for varying amounts of time. But "blackout" doesn't really describe their experience as their brains are still active. When they "wake up" they have a memory of living a life for a longer amount of time than they were 'out'. They also all have some sort of love affair (for children, a grand adventure). What happened to them. Many theories are trotted out but we really don't know. Fascinating story of just the kind I've come to expect from Reed.
The third story is "The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009" by Ken Liu -+- Aternate history: The Hindenburg made six hundred trips across the Atlantic and retired with a perfect safety record in 1962. Our story takes place in 2009 when zeppelins and blimps, with their small carbon footprint, are a popular and viable mode of transportation, especially for cargo. Our narrator describes a trip from Lanzhou, China aboard the American Dragon, owned by American Barry Icke and his Chinese wife, Yeling. They are the sole crew of the ship, taking turns piloting it while the other sleeps. Our narrator gets different views from each of them on the flight. Nicely done.
There are also two reprinted stories, "Cody" by Pat Cadigan and "The Vorkuta Event" by Ken MacLeod. 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).