Clarkesworld 132 - September 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Vladimir Manyukhin
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 26 September 2017
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The 132nd issue of Clarkesworld is here, with five new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "Antarctic Birds" by A. Brym. -+- Charlie and Nikau are lovers and teachers on an Earth which has sold out to alien Masters for technology. Did not really come together for me.
The second story is "Little /^^^&-" by Eric Scwitzgebel. -+- /^^^&- is exiled to a remote part of the universe by the Powers That Be. It will only be for a short time, but we soon recognized the neighborhood. Things do not go well. Wild and imaginative.
The third story is "The Secret Life of Bots" by Suzanne Palmer. -+- Bot 9 is activated by Ship and assigned task 944 in the maintenance cut. It turns out that that's eliminating an Incidental, some kind of ratbug that is eating parts of the ship's walls and machines. It turns out that the ship is on a suicide mission to stop some aliens from attacking Earth. Bot 9 picks up a buddy bot along the way and gets an idea based on what the Incidental does. Great entertaining story with the robots coming across as real characters!
The fourth story is "Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics" by Jess Barber and Sara Saab. -+- Amir meet Jani when they are both teenagers in a Beirut recovering from a water shortage problem. They become lovers but go their separate ways as each works on different ecological projects. Over the years, they occasionally re-connect but part again, with Amir departing to head up a major project in Nantes. But their connection still remains. Nicely done love story.
The fifth story is "Möbius Continuum" by Gu Shi. -+- Our narrator has an argument with his lover. He is driving an old man he knows only as X and has a serious accident. Paralyzed, his brain is implanted into a mechanical body and he sees life from the other side of a Möbius strip. A fantastic imaginative tale!
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).