Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 20, May 2016 (George R.R. Martin Special)
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Phoenix Pick Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423050
Date: 08 May 2016 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The May 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#20) has stories by Auston Habershaw, Kij Johnson, Zach Shephard, Nick DiChario, George R.R. Martin, Stewart C. Baker, Jeff Calhoun, Jack McDevitt, Tina Gower, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Paul DiFilippo and Sheila Finch, an interview with George R.R. Martin, and other features.
The May 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#20) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones with a 2016 copyright date.
The 2016 fiction in the issue begins with "Lord of the Cul-De-Sac" by Auston Habershaw. -+- A dragon moves next door to Milly Peterson and that's just part of the big changes in her life. Amusing.
"Tomorrow's Forecast" by Zach Shephard -+- Sunshine, Wind and Rain have a meeting on what tomorrow's weather is going to be and Bob Gronswick, a mortal, gets involved in the deliberations. Another funny little tale.
"Stitches by Nick DiChario -+- In a poor Italian fishing village, Mara and Odo are newly married and happy, until a storm takes Odo away. Mara takes drastic action, but bringing him back is not easy. A sad and beautiful tale.
"Just Another Night at the Abandoned Draft Bar and Grill" by Stewart C. Baker -+- Alexandra is a character written by an author who hasn't a clue about what to do with her, except chop her up and stuff her in the refrigerator. She just can't win for losing. Good little story.
"The Gettysburg Game" by Jeff Calhoun -+- Morgan Hunt is CEO of Aries Virtual Reality Entertainments. He is sent a re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg and he decides to beta-test it. But he finds he can't get out of the game! Well Done!
"This Is Home, You Are Well" by Tina Gower -+- Anya lives on a colony world in a village that believes in peace and negotiation above all. Her husband is sent to negotiate a peace between another village and a space ship that wants its land. He fails to win a peace and actually fights for the village. The self-righteous people of her village shun him and want her to do the same. Anya learns that things are not always as simple as they appear.
"The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" by Paul DiFilippo -+- Pacifist Dr. David Vitrine crates a "Love Big" which eliminates any urge for domination or violence and infects the whole world with it. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.Clever
"Fork Points" by Sheila Finch -+- Cass is an actress past her prime, now working in a InterAct theatre. Think of it as "Choose Your Own Adventure". She has to deal with a boss who is a Grade-A creep and an understudy wanting to supplant her. She also has an astronaut ex-husband who came back from space damaged in more ways than one, and a severely autistic child. Didn't care for the end of this one.
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.