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Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 24, January 2017
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Phoenix Pick Magazine / eMagazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423326
Date: 27 December 2016

Links: Galaxy's Edge / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The January 2017 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#24) has stories by Larry Hodges, Nick DiChario, Mercedes Lackey, Liz Colter, Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, Marina J. Lostetter, Edward M. Lerner, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Fabio F. Centamore, Paul Eckheart, and Michael Swanwick, an interview with Robert Silverberg and other features.

The January 2017 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#24) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones with a 2017 copyright date.

The 2017 fiction in the issue begins with "Zombies Anonymous" by Larry Hodges. -+- Can a zombie be saved? What do you think? Amusing if you care about zombies at all.

"Giovanni's Tree" by Nick DiChario -+- A man comes to a small village and tells them how to avoid being conquered by the Romans. They benefit from his help and, centuries later, our narrator tells us about it. Nicely done.

"To Them We Are Merely Clay" by Liz Colter -+- In what appears to be a future apocalyptic society, our narrator is nameless of a village where women who choose not to marry and must sacrifice themselves to feed a strange sphere. But our narrator is not happy with the status quo. Pretty good.

"It's Not a Purple People Eater" by Marina J. Lostetter -+- In some near future, monsters are called into being from people's thoughts. So they have suppressed all fantasy to not give people ideas. But when a monster appears in the bathtub, a mom finds the source to be a bit different. Nice little short short!

"The Torchman's Tale" by Edward M. Lerner -+- What seems to be a small robot walks into a bar and is allowed to stay because he has a tale of betrayal and survival to tell. And it's a good one.

"Within" by Fabio F. Centamore -+- Our narrator is part of a crew hired to transport a creature called an Alnitakian demon from Ventispills, the sixth planet of Alnitak's solar system to Pismis VIII. Not much is known about the creature other than that it's dangerous. The exobiologists especially want to know how it breeds. The crew is assured it is adequately sedated. It isn't. Clever ending.

"Farewell My Soldier, My Husband, My Love" by Paul Eckheart -+- Our narrator tells us about Kevin, a soldier she loves and marries. But he is in danger and she must use her great powers to assure he's absolutely protected. She goes pretty far. Poignant.

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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