Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 16, September 2015
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612422794
Date: 24 August 2015 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The September 2015 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#16) has stories by Effie Seiberg, David Drake, Alex Shvartsman, Marina J. Lostetter, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Sharon Joss, Brian Trent, Kimberley Unger, Kevin J. Anderson, Leena Likitado, and Sheila Finch, an interview with Connie Willis and other features.
The September 2015issue of Galaxy's Edge (#16) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones new to this issue.
The new fiction in the issue starts with "Recipe: 1 Universe" by Effie Seiberg. -+- Exactly what it says. How to make a new universe. Nicely done.
"Dreidel of Dread: The Very Cthulhu Chanukah" by Alex Shvartsman -+- Cthulhu arises on the first night of Chanukah and Chanukah Henry just will not allow that. Finding R'lyeh with the help of a team led by a red-nosed shoggoth, he confronts Cthulhu and triumphs using a traditional Chanukah toy and prizes. Hilarious!
"Cyberplant" by Marina J. Lostetter -+- Our narrator is a Cyberplant. He has had a combinations of wires and plants implanted into his body and he worships the Incan gods. Right after the death of his son from a failed implant procedure, he is called by the god Inti to make a pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. Out of faith he does and encounters persecution on his way. The end is extremely strange and makes this a pure fantasy.
"The Ides of Nevah-Nevah" by Sharon Joss -+- A group of post-apocalyptic survivors have made it to the Pacific Ocean and are trying to escape cannibalistic marauders. Their savior is a benevolent mutant or an angel. Well done.
"Hic Sunt Monstra" by Brian Trent -+- Years ago, a ship had crashed on the planet Chione and the passengers of a colony ship was forced to make their home there. It was winter most of the time. Spring was only a few weeks long. Out of self-defense, they killed the beasts known as colossi, but this may ultimately doom them. Meanwhile, when ice melts it forms into recreations of these beasts. Good invention here and good story.
"Sea Change" by Kimberley Unger -+- Maryanne is a creature designed to defend the shores of the colony planet against The Adversary, which comes from the sea. But while watching, she has become attached to a family fleeing a ruthless Boss. When this Boss endangers the Family, Maryanne's purpose shifts. Well told!
"Give Your All" by Leena Likitado -+- Mrs. Dunnoway has quit her menial job because today she has an Audience with the Politician. She goes to Party Headquarters because her son is in trouble. All there are very impressed with her. The story builds to a conclusion that makes the story well worth reading.
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.