Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 14, May 2015 (Heinlein Special)
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612422688
Date: 01 May 2015 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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The May 2015issue of Galaxy's Edge (#14) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones new to this issue.
The new fiction in the issue starts with "Shore Leave" by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks -+- Elise, at age 7, meets Benji. a young officer of a Fleet Starship. She has lived with her parents in isolation and knows little of the outside world until Benji's brief visit. When she turns 18 and her parents die, she finds out the reason for the isolation. She leaves to join the Fleet but that is not the end of the story. This one was pretty good.
"Luck of the Chieftain's Arrow" by C. Stuart Hardwick -+- Some sort of intelligence is attached to a copper arrowhead by a Siberian shaman. All it can do for him is direct an arrow to kill an enemy, saving his tribe. Over the years, it has many owners until it finally finds one that it can communicate with. Very imaginative.
"The Dark Matters" by Sean Williams -+- Spirits from people who have used d-mat transporters haunt them when the lights are turned off. Very good speculation on the consequences of such technology.
"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Anna Wu (translated by Carmen Yiling Yan and Ken Liu) -+- This includes an homage to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but chiefly concerns a one-hit-wonder writer who steals talents from other writers (in alternate universes) but gets no joy from it. Very good story. Anna Wu is another one of those great voices from China.
"And All Our Donkeys Were in Vain" by Tom Gerencer -+- When our narrator is offered a hundred million dollars for his sandwich, he becomes involved in an interplanetary war and learns an inverse square law of food quality. Wild and hilarious!
"Closing Sale" by Larry Niven -+- A Draco's Tavern story. The tavern sees increased traffic. Is it related to what looks like Type 1A supernovae between the two Magellanic Clouds? Fun as always.
Galaxy's Edge has a lot more than these: Good reprinted stories, an interview, columns, book reviews, and a serialization. I recommend that you pick it up.