Clarkesworld 103 – April 2015
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Julie Dillon's Sleeping Giant
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld Magazine / eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 27 April 2015
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The 103nd issue of Clarkesworld is here, with four new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "The Empress in Her Glory" by Robert Reed. -+- Aliens take over the world and give Adrienne Hammer the power to rule it. She has an incredible intuitive sense from her observations and research. She has a talent for predicting things. This works, for a little while. Then, the power passes to someone else. Not much more to say. Another one of Reed's very unique stories.
The second story is "Let Baser Things Devise" by Berrien C. Henderson -+- Pierre is a chimp who has been put in to the astronaut program. There, he achieves some success, including finding the bodies of the "Apollo 20" astronauts on the Moon. But he is very lonely. A sad, poignant tale.
The third story is "The Petals Abide" by Benjanun Sriduangkaew -+- Twoseret is a "memorialist" and has flowers come out of her mouth telling her what to do. She is told to resurrect an entity that turns out to be an assassin, named Sujatha. They have a relationship. If you like stories with plain, clear, prose, this is NOT the story for you. Never captured my interest.
The fourth story is "Postcards From Monster Island" by Emily Devenport -+- Bernadette and some other unusual people are the only ones who stay in the city when monsters arrive. The monsters are called Behemoth and Cloud Squid and a lot of destruction is caused when armies attack them. Bernadette and the others realize that the monsters aren't really attacking and set out to befriend them. They do and maybe find out the reason the monsters showed up. Good story!
There are also two reprinted stories, "Noble Mold" by Kage Baker and "Weep for Day" by Indrapramit Das. 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).