Clarkesworld 128 - May 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Darkness by Julie Dillon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 29 May 2017
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The 128th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with four new stories, two reprints, and other features.
The first story is "Streams and Mountains" by Nick Wolven. -+- Mary and her crew are investigating a situation in a special native preserve. It's for people who have had operations to devolve themselves into hairy sasquatches. The problem is one of them is pregnant even though they were supposed to be sterilized. What to do when she gives birth to a human child. Interesting ethical questions here.
The second story is "We Who Live in the Heart" by Kelly Robson. -+- Doc and the rest of the crew accept Ricci as part of their organic habitat that lets them live their own lives on the surface of their planet. They have been on their own for a long time but events and Ricci have a profound effect on them. Good characterization.
The third story is "Baroness" by E. Catherine Tobler. -+- Bishop is a cyborg soldier, trained to hanlde just about anything by a virtual reality program. But on Titan, she encounters something different. Interesting tale revealing Bishop's past, what was done to her and what will happen next, providing a real chill.
The fourth story is "The Person Who Saw Cetus" by Tang Fei (translated by S. Qiouyi Lu). -+- Lilian's father was a performance artist and spent much of his time away from home. But he always went out of his way to do special things for her. She does not realize how much until later and it has a profound effect on her life. Beautifully done, fantastic 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).