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Clarkesworld 114 March 2016
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Waldermar Kazak's We are the Robots
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld  ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 25 March 2016

Links: Clarkesworld / How to Support / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Clarkesworld #114 is here with stories by Jack Skillingstead, A.C. Wise, Leena Likitalo, Kij Johnson, Gu Shi, Cecelia Holland, and Karl Bunker, along with many other features.

The 114th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with five new stories, two reprints, and other features.

The first story is "Salvage Opportunity" by Jack Skillingstead. -+- Badar is Intercorp's "living representative" doing preliminary salvage research on an old spaceship called Leviathan that had crashed on Kelper-186f. He has a AI Companion developed from his own loner personality. The Companion finds a way to better interact with Badar and it takes a while to make thing right. Good.

The second story is "Seven Cups of Coffee" by A.C. Wise. -+- A woman is given the job to travel in time to affect another woman's life but her feeling for her make that difficult. Touching.

The third story is "The Governess with a Mechanical Womb" by Leena Likitalo. -+- In a future Earth where mankind has been almost entirely wiped out by aliens, Agneta, a teenager lives with her six-year old sister, Saga, after their parents have been killed. They are looked after by someone known only as "the governess", a human turned cyborg by the aliens. Her kind calls themselves Victorians and they look after the children. Agneta hates them, but Saga has a childlike trust in them. A sudden disaster changes their situation. Poignant and very good.

The fourth story is "Coyote Invents the Land of the Dead" by Kij Johnson. -+- Dee, who is Coyote, with her sisters Chena and Wren (dog and wren) go in search to find Dee's lost lover Jace. Not particularly interesting.

The fifth story is "Chimera" by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu and Ken Liu. -+- This is two stories. The first one begins with our narrator, Evan, a rock star, asking his ex-wife, a scientist to engage in a controversial experiment to provide a new kidney for their six-year-old son, Tony. She would use Tony's stem cells to grow a new kidney in a pig. But this would result in the pig acquiring some of Tony's genes. The second is taking place years later on a spaceship that is traveling the solar system in a comet-like orbit and providing people with new organs using a process developed in the first story. In that one, Luo Ming, a police detective is investigating a curious incident in the facility that grows these organs. They eventually meet in a very imaginative conclusion.

There are also two reprinted stories,. 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).

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