Galaxy's Edge - Issue 17 - November 2015
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 97816124222909
Date: 30 October 2015 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The November 2015 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#17) has stories by Josh Vogt, Sabina Theo, David Drake, Eric Cline, Jody Lynn Nye, Eric T. Reynolds, Paul Di Filippo, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, David G. Blake, Pat Cadigan, and Stewart C. Baker, an interview with Terry Brooks and other features.
The November 2015 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#17) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones with a 2015 copyright date.
The 2015 fiction in the issue begins with "From the Moment I Laid Eggs in You" by Josh Vogt. -+- A guy finds out that the "girl" he just had sex with is an alien with a little different way of reproducing. Amusing.
"Kill Me!" by Sabina Theo (translated by Boryana Dimitrova) -+- Diana, dissatisfied with her human lovers, takes her robot servant as one and is very satisfied. But she tells the wrong person about it. Nice build-up to the end.
"Out of Africa" by David Drake -+- Sir John Holburn tells his grand-nephew why he no longer hunts. He could not top his encounter with a beast the natives called jimpegwe. The story he tells is a good one.
"My First Duty" by Eric T. Reynolds -+- On an abandoned Moon, our robotic narrator tells of its search for some items for Old Marvin, the last survivor of the staff or maybe all of humanity. Nice twist at the end.
"The Mood Room" by Paul Di Filippo -+- One of the developers of the Mood Room looks back at a near-disastrous accident involving its two main creators. Good.
"The Rose is Obsolete" by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro -+- Ray's wife, Donna, has had a stroke, and is rarely herself anymore. In a moment of rationality, she writes a note to him, quoting a line from a poem by William Carlos Williams, that says, "The rose is obsolete." That tells him that she wants her life to end. He hires a hit man to kill her at a precise moment, a year and a half in the future. Here things take a different turn than what you might expect. Good story.
"Winter of the Scavengers" by David G. Blake -+- Ellie's husband, Aeric, suddenly comes home from the war, he has a hideous scar down his body and has lost his sword, his armor and his wedding ring. Ellie feels there is something he is not telling her. He does say to keep his return secret. She finds out just how horrible the war was. Another good one.
"The Power and the Passion" by Pat Cadigan -+- Soames' apartment is a mess, but he cleans it the best he can for visitors. His visitors have a job for him, one he has done before. He's a vampire killer, but the twist here is how he does it and why. Great story!
"Fugue in a Minor Way" by Stewart C. Baker -+- Kat is sitting in a chair being told by two techs, one male and one female that the memories she has, of being a concert pianist, of having a husband named Ben who died, and having a daughter named Sophie are false. They were implanted in her by a machine they have. They tell her that these false memories will fade soon. Then why does she keep seeing Sophie? Why does she hear her voice. Is this the life that's not real? You decide in a compelling story.
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.