Clarkesworld 110 – November 2015
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Gate World by Julie Dillon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eZine / Print / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 28 November 2015
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The 110th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with five new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "So Much Cooking" by Naomi Kritzer. -+- What starts out as a recipe blog, just becomes a blog about a family dealing with a pandemic of bird flu in Minnesota. Well done but zero genre content.
The second story is "Your Right Arm" by Nin Harris. -+- This is a bittersweet tale of the last human and how he died, told by one how really did love him.
The third story is "In the Queue for the Worldship Munawwer" by Sara Saab -+- Notes from Suraya Khouri-Smith, Lead Ground Attache of the Munawwer, due to take just 900,000 Lebanese into space to survive an asteroid catastrophe. The notes are written to a father she has never seen, who is the Commander of the evacuation team. The story is heart-breaking for the people who will be left behind and for Soraya's own story and the decision she must make. Beautifully told.
The fourth story is "The Hexagonal Bolero of Honeybees" by Krista Hoeppner Leahy. -+- Ecological disaster has reduced the number of honeybees and humans are trying to compensate. One has had herself surgically-altered to become a queen bee. A boy pollinates flowers by painting them. But it seems like Earth is really having a bad time of it anyway. OK.
The fifth story is "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu. -+- The title is that of a novel by Italo Calvino and surely one of the most lyrical titles ever. A librarian comes across a slim volume of poetry from the collection of a man who had died. She can find nothing about the poet but is enthralled by the poetry. She encounters another devotee who invites her to a meeting of like-minded people. This story itself was a beautiful one with a love of books that is easy to identify with.
There are also two reprinted stories, "Way Down East" by Tim Sullivan and "One Last, Great Adventure" by Ellen Kushner and Ysabeau S. Wilce. 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).