Clarkesworld 107 – August 2015
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Descendant by Julie Dillon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eZine / Podcasts ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 28 August 2015
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The 107th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with four new stories, two reprints and other features. One story is so good that it's Hugo-worthy.
The first story is "Today I Am Paul" by Martin L. Shoemaker -+- Medical Care Android BRKCX-01932-217JH-98662 takes care of elderly Mildred Owens whose mind and body are failing. It can make itself look like members of her family and act like them. It also has an emulation module that gives it another dimension. We see it interact with Mildred and the other members of her family over a number of days until a final conclusion. This was a wonderful and poignant story. Just perfect. It will be on my Short Story Hugo short list for next year.
The second story is "It Was Educational" by J.B. Park -+- Seems to be about a re-creation of a protest and massacre that gets a bit too real. Not much else.
The third story is "Security Check" by Han Song, translated by Ken Liu -+- In a future NYC, everything is run through security checks and replaced by something safe. Everyone is safe and depressed. Our narrator, betrayed by his wife emigrates to China which seems to have its act together. Then, we get the real story, which I did not find plausible. A little creepy that this was written in China.
The fourth story is "The Servant" by Emily Devenport -+- Oichi Angelis opens the story calling herself a worm. She is a servant to the ruling class of the generation ship Olympia and they control most of what she can see and hear. But they don't control her other senses and they don't know about the implants her parents gave her before they were blown up with the rest of the lower class people on the other generation ship, Titania. She takes advantage of the rulers tendency to kill any other competitors and other things she has at her disposal to triumph. Quite a bit of action and you get to see bad guys get their just deserts Good story.
There are also two reprinted stories, "Dying Young" by Peter M. Ball and "Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck" by Neal Asher. 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).