Clarkesworld 125 - February 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Benedick Bana
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 23 February 2017
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The 125th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with four new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "Assassins" by Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier. -+- Sonia is an assassin of virtual people in her persona of Simone the Slayer, but she comes up against a surprising enemy. Interesting.
The second story is "Prosthetic Daughter" by Nin Harris. -+- In a future where everyone has implants wired into their brain, identity theft can be murder. Our narrator finds a way to get back at someone who wants to victimize her. OK.
The third story is "How Bees Fly" by Simone Heller. -+- Salpenis is a midwife in a community that keeps bees. But when creatures she calls demons come, she believes she has been poisoned by them. She finds out differently. Good story.
The fourth story is "Rain Ship" by Chi Hui, translated by Andy Dudak. -+- A hundred million years after humans have disappeared, the dominant species is the Rudera, intelligent descendants of rats. They are one-sixteenth the size of humans and have tails that are very useful. Jin is working as a hired mercenary for an archeologist. When pirates attack their site, Jin must find a way to survive. She winds up in a huge old human spacecraft and there a drama involving her boss and an estranged family member is part of her struggle. Interesting look at a far-future society.
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).