Clarkesworld 127 – April 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Giraffe Mech by Eddie Mendoza
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 24 April 2017
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The 127th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with five new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "Conglomerate" by Robert Brice. -+- A Conglomerate of individuals from Earth investigates a new planet. Bogged down in a lot of jargon.
The second story is "Some Remarks on the Reproductive Strategy of the Common Octopus" by Bogi Takács. -+- A group of uplifted octopuses finds a human who has remained on Earth and gets some answers about their existence. Good story.
The third story is "Left of Bang: Preemptive Self-Actualization for Autonomous Systems" by Vajra Chandrasekera. -+- A prototype specialized machine goes through many trial runs. Well told little tale.
The fourth story is "Sunwake, in the Lands of Teeth" by Juliette Wade. -+- Rulii is a dog-like native of the planet Aurra where rival groups have long fought each other. He has made friends with the humans especially the one called Parker who is currently doing research in the lands of his enemy. Rulii must venture there to rescue Parker and take him to a meeting with his ruler Majesty Gur-gurne but he learns some surprising things about his world on the way. Great story told from the extra-terrestrial viewpoint.
The fifth story is "The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales" by Fei Dao (translated by Ken Liu). -+- A good and just king has a son who loves to tell tall tales. When the king dies, the new king becomes known as the greatest fibber in the world. He doesn't want to have such a reputation, so he sends a robot out into the world to become a greater fibber. The robot travels the universe and has many adventures, including encounters with Death. He brings back some wisdom. Beautifully written and endlessly fascinating. This was a joy to read.
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).