Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 15, July 2015 (Worldcon / Sasquan Special)
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge Paperback / eMag ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612422763
Date: 01 July 2015 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Galaxy's Edge / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The June 2015issue of Galaxy's Edge (#15) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones new to this issue.
The new fiction in the issue starts with "The Colossal Death Ray" by Ron Collins. -+- A Colossal Death Ray is put in orbit around the Earth. It is given intelligence. When will they ever learn?
"Miss Darcy's First Intergalactic Ballet Class" by Dantzel Cherry -+- Miss Darcy Kent, ballet teacher, is kidnapped by the alien Rezzik and commanded by their Overlord to teach "four loud green creatures made entirely of tentacles and eyes" ballet. She has one hour and the fate of Earth rides in the balance. Things go pretty well at first, until someone loses a tentacle. Amusing and fun!
"Do No Fear to Touch Flesh" by Leena Likitalo -+- The career of dancer/prostitute Martina in Valapraiso comes to a good end. Not much here.
"Islands in the Sargasso" by Alex Shvartsman (a Sargasso Containment story) -+- Jason Stanger finds himself on the other side of the Sargasso. Two hundred years have passed. He was in suspended animation. He finds out that humanity has found a way through the Sargasso. Using the drug Rust from which Jason is a recovering addict. Humanity has also encountered alien species, all who had similar containments around their civilizations. They have hypothesized that these were put up by a godlike species the call the Caretakers. But a warlike race has found its way across the barriers. Can Jason find the Caretakers and resist using Rust? The best story in this series so far!
"Escape Mechanism" by Josh Vogt -+- Bryan is with Rachel who says she has found God through a telescope and that he is a giant space squid. Jason finds a way to deal with her madness. Amusing short-short.
"Saul's Diary" by Lawrence Person -+- An old soldier has one last mission to save the world. Nicely done!
"A Mild Case of Death" by David Gerrold -+- Our narrator encounters the afterlife and it is something new. Good story to end the issue.
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.