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Galaxy's Edge: Issue 22, September 2016 (Volume 22)
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Phoenix Pick Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423241
Date: 24 August 2016 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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The September 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#22) has stories by Martin L. Shoemaker, Thomas K. Carpenter, Nancy Kress, George Nikolopoulos, Eric Leif Davin, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gordon Eklund, Alex Shvartsman, John Helfers, David Gerrold, Larry Hodges, and Michael Swanwick, an interview with Peter S. Beagle and other features.

The September 2016 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#22) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones with a 2016 copyright date.

The 2016 fiction in the issue begins with "Bookmarked by" Martin L. Shoemaker. -+- Andrew Burns wakes up and asks the doctor why he turned off the lights and if he was done with the visual tests. The doctor tells him that his neural map was completed seven months ago. He is not the actual Andrew Burns, but the recording they made played back on simulated cerebral hardware. The real Burns died two-and-a-half months ago. This recording has no legal rights and this is not the first time they've played it back. This starts a nightmarish story but ends on a beautiful note.

"The Minotaur's Wife" by Thomas K. Carpenter -+- In "a forgotten diner somewhere on Route 550 between Albuquerque and Durango", a woman called Honey waits on a repeat customer. Honey's husband the minotaur sits on the corner booth typing into a laptop. But there are secrets all of them have leading to a startling conclusion. Very Good.

"A Human's Life" by George Nikolopoulos -+- Advice for a group of aliens who keep humans as pets. They are treated as we treat dogs and cats. Pretty horrific.

"In the Yucky Death Mountains" by Eric Leif Davin -+- Hildegard and Utthar are on their way to the Holy Land and wind up in the wrong place because he won't ask for directions. Would have worked better if anachronisms like credit cards and travelers's checks weren't mentioned.

"Another True History" by Gordon Eklund -+- Right after Hiroshima is destroyed on August 6, 1945, aliens show up over Washington, DC, London, Moscow, Berlin and Tokyo. They seriously interfere with those cities as well as major league baseball. Things get truly bizarre, not entirely plausibly, but this was pretty amusing.

"Dante's Unfinished Business" by Alex Shvartsman -+- Stoner Dante Ferrero is shot and killed by his bookie when he can't cover a bet. He winds up a ghost with unfinished business. He meets up with the late musician Bob Marley who takes him somewhere he needs to go. Good story. Resolves in a very satisfactory way.

"The Bag Lady" by David Gerrold -+- A lumpish bag lady pushes her shopping cart down the street. No one even knows her name. But she smells something wrong "and it wasn't her". She sees what is wrong and takes action but at great sacrifice. This very short story was just perfect, what you’d expect from a writer as good as Gerrold.

"Manbat and Robin" by Larry Hodges -+- A hilarious little tale about a truly different super hero team.

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.

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