Clarkesworld 122 - November 2016
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Kasai by Joseph Biwald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 25 November 2016
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The 122nd issue of Clarkesworld is here, with six new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "What the Stories Steal" by Nin Harris. -+- On a distant planet, settled by people from Earth when Earth imploded, Ipsita's husband, Hans, had killed sacred animals and is now a mindless husk. What does the invisible houseguest have to do with it? Can she make some sort of bargain and win back her husband's mind? Some strange metaphysics in this one. Okay.
The second story is "Where Water Joins" by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas. -+- A woman gets implants that are supposed to enhance her vision, but there's something else going on. Chilling.
The third story is "Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart" by Samantha Murray. -+- The "you" of our story is bringing up a child she calls Ben. He grows up very fast. We hear about a war against aliens called Boogeys and what Ben is becomes apparent. Sad, poignant, very touching story that unfolds with perfect precision.
The fourth story is "Follow the White Line" by Bo Balder. -+- Paddy is a crewmember of the ship called The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side and she has started seeing strange white lines drawing designs. Someone or something is sending her a message. What is going on? As she starts to pursue her inquiry, events head to a surprising conclusion. Didn't really find this very involving.
The fifth story is "Western Heaven" by Chen Hongyu, translated by Andy Dudak. -+- On a future, polluted Earth, a robot named Wu Kong wonders about the humans that created them and left. It and four other robots, Thousand Hands, Pig Face, White Horse, and Specs, repair an old rocket and managed to get to Kepler-22b, where the humans are. But things do not work out as planned. Very good story that manages to give the robots personalities.
The sixth story is "Afrofuturist 419" by Nnedi Okorafor. -+- A wonderfully bizarre story that combines the Nigerian 419 scam letter with an astronaut stranded in space. Great idea!
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).