Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 21, July 2016
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423180
Date: 25 June 2016 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The July 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge #21 has stories by Martin Shoemaker, Larry Hodges, Kij Johnson, Laurie Tom, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Dantzel Cherry, Steve Pantazis, Nathan Dodge, and George R.R. Martin, an interview with Robert J. Sawyer, and other features.
The July 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge #21 is here with more good stories. I will review the ones with a 2016 copyright date.
The 2016 fiction in the issue begins with "The Vampire's New Clothes" by Martin L. Shoemaker. -+- The joke here is that Renfield is a complete idiot who has to make sure that Dracula has a full set of clothes on hand after a battle with the Great Detective. The story goes on too long and really isn't that funny.
"Penguins of Noah's Ark" by Larry Hodges -+- The adventures of the titular characters getting on the titular watercraft with a really tortured pun on another biblical reference. Okay.
"The World That You Want" by Laurie Tom -+- Eun Lee and Brandon are one of the few survivors of the End of the World. It's all cyclic and Brandon is fighting to be the one that decides what the next world will be. Eun Lee is not sure what she wants. Interesting.
"Pure Beauty and the Beast--A Lucifer Jones Story" by Mike Resnick -+- Lucifer Jones, self-styled preacher who is incredibly incompetent and stupid is in the South Pacific at a time that becomes apparent when you get to the end. He is supposed to help his friend Clyde in getting back with his girlfriend, but that ends up a in a very surprising finish. Amusing.
"Patent Infringement" by Nancy Kress -+- An epistolary tale about an Evil Drug Company taking advantage of a poor man. This is supposed to be satire and if you like to see Evil triumph, you might like it. Otherwise, you'll just get pissed off, like me.
"Leslie's Love Potion #4" by Dantzel Cherry -+- A love potion is reviewed online and it works out well for two of the posters. Charming.
"The Devil Walks Into a Bar" by Steve Pantazis -+- Luc and Uziel, two devils, discuss the pending end of the world in a bar. The bartender gives his opinion. Okay.
"The Professional" by Nathan Dodge -+- Something which looks like a beautiful woman shows up to be a therapist. A bit predictable.
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.