Clarkesworld 113 - February 2016
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Power Surge by Julie Dillon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 19377843201602
Date: 26 February 2016
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The 113th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with four new stories, two reprints, and other features.
The first story is "The Fixer by Paul McAuley. -+- Our narrator is an AI, part of a team of three that had been sent to 72 Heraclis with human DNA with the purpose of populating the planet with humans. That was 500 years ago and things did not go as planned. The AI has been found by the "bosses" who have sent someone to take over. That is done in an unusual way and the story is very cleverly told.
The second story is "That Which Tends Towards Free Fall" by Benjanun Sriduangkaew. -+- This is future war based in Thailand with AIs as principal warriors but a human component is still important. Okay.
The third story is "In the Midst of Life" by Nick Wolven. -+- Our narrator is tasked with clearing a horde of people holed up in a building in Sumutra. They are led by an American veteran of the Iraq war named Abdul Shah. Shah had been near an IED blast and it changed him as it had for many veterans. Shah invites our anrrator to experience something unique meant to replicate that event and he gets an idea what the cult has been attracted to. Lots of mystical stuff in this very long story that never really engaged me.
The fourth story is "Between Dragons and Their Wrath" by An Owomoyela and Rachel Swirsky. -+- Our narrator is Domei who has been made neutrois (gender-neutral) by the after effects of dragons used in war. Others have been affected in different ways except for Domei's friend Hano. Domei gathers dragon scales which can cut anything. A lot of imaginative stuff here about the lasting effect of the dragons.
There are also two reprinted stories, "Blood Dauber" by Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore and "Mercurial" by Kim Stanley Robinson. 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).