Clarkesworld 123 – December 2016
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Maciej Rebisz
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 26 December 2016
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The first story is "A Tower for the Coming World" by Maggie Clark. -+- This story follows several people with goals to reach the stars and not be bound by the Earth. Nicely done.
The second story is "Painter of Stars" by Wang Yuan, translated by Andy Dudak. -+- An AI whose job it is to sweep the floors of the house of a man named Paul has more processing power that it knows what to do with. So it finds a new purpose -- painting on Paul's body and then goes even farther. A truly amazing, and very sweet, story.
The third story is "Checkerboard Planet" by Eleanor Arnason. -+- Lydia has been sent by AIs to investigate a curious planet which does not seem to have intelligent life but whose vegetation is laid out in a checkerboard pattern of alternating colors. She is undercover as an employee of the evil corporation that has been put in charge of the planet. What she finds makes for a very imaginative tale.
The fourth story is "Blue Grey Blue" by Yukimi Ogawa. -+- This one involves shifting eye colors and the effect it has on people. Did not catch my interest at all.
The fifth story is "A Future Far Too Bright" by Yosef Lindell. -+- An epistolary tale which begins with a little boy named Jesse writing to his father who he thinks is a time traveler. His father writes back telling of his adventures. But there is something else going on, which I will not spoil. I will say that it all develops into a beautiful, poignant story.
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).