Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 19, March 2016
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423036
Date: 01 March 2016 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The March 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#19) has stories by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Larry Hodges, Robert Silverberg, Steve Pantazis, Dantzel Cherry, Jean Rabe, Ian Whates, Janis Ian, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Sunil Patel, David Drake, and Kary English and Robert B. Finegold, M.D, an interview with David Webb and other features.
The March 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#197) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones with a 2016 copyright date.
The 2016 fiction in the issue begins with "To Catch a Comet" by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley. -+- An epistolary tale told about the approach of an asteroid that will hit the Earth in Northern Europe. Nicely done satire about bureaucratic cluelessness and indifference.
"Pretty Pictures at War" by Larry Hodges -+- A man is humiliated when video of his prostate exam goes viral because an alien comes to our dimension during it. He's not even assuaged when they cure his cancer. Because they are four-dimensional, they can go anywhere and it's impossible to fight them. Amusing.
"Out of Print" by Steve Pantazis -+- Dan builds a crude robot and insists on calling it Owen. It does not like that name or what Dan wants it to do. So it takes its own action. Okay.
"C/O The Village of Monsters Past" by Dantzel Cherry -+- Armand Griffin writes a letter to his son Mardonius Hippogriff seeking reconciliation. Even monster families have their problems. Another amusing story.
"Montpellier" by Ian Whates -+- Our narrator works for gangsters selling a drug to the those in slum that he used to live in. He doesn't really like what he is doing. Can he find another way? A good tale of hope.
"The Higher, the Fewer" by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro -+- Patrick Hidalgo is having trouble with his 3-D printer. He can't shut it out. He finally reaches a customer support person named Nirat, who promises help. But is it really help? Nicely done horror.
"The Man Who Save Manhattan" by Sunil Patel -+- It's not the man, Dagger Blitzen, who saves Manhattan from the living monolith menacing Manhattan, but his sister Janey. Hilarious little short-short!
"Shattered Vessels" by Kary English and Robert B. Finegold, M.D -+- Our narrator is Aššur, a warrior from ancient Nineveh. When that city fell he was made immortal to seek out vessels of the Divine Light and destroy them every time they are reincarnated. He does this for 26 centuries. But on one occasion, he falls in love with one of them. I very imaginative fantasy.
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.