Galaxy's Edge: Issue 28, September 2017
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Phoenix Pick Magazine (print/digital) ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423807
Date: 25 August 2017 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Galaxy's Edge / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The September 2017 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#278) is here with more good stories. I will review the ones with a 2017 copyright date.
The 2017 fiction in the issue begins with "The Breakout Story of Galaxy's Edge Issue Ten Million" by Robert Jeschonek. -+- In the future, much of the Pacific Northwest has become the state of Galaxedgia which is inhabited by people and other beings inspired by stories in Galaxy's Edge. Time travel brings a lot of them together in this amusing tale.
"As Sunlight Grabs Me" by Rachelle Harp -+- What appears to be a female cyborg survives the crash of her ship and begins to explore. She starts to recover her humanity. Poignant.
"Theater of Death" by Larry Hodges -+- Death is alone watching the latest Star Wars movie in a theater when someone sits next to him. It turns out to be Life. Who is the more powerful? Interesting.
"The Sultan's Cellar" by Sean Patrick Hazlett -+- A music journalist is looking for a place called the Sultan's Cellar in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco in 1987. He sees a harlequin figure and winds up mugged. In 2014, he's on the hunt again on the Pennsylvania-Delaware border and finds something dangerous. Good little horror story.
"Tessa and the Troll" by Zach Shephard -+- Schmurg the Troll is guarding his bridge when he encounters Tessa, a seamstress who doesn't like her job. They find they have something in common. Fun little tale.
"Cut-Rate Couples Weekend at the Witch House Inne and Tavern (9 Reviews)" by Stewart C. Baker -+- An advertisement and a series of reviews (and replies to them) about an attraction in old Arkham. Lots of in-jokes and it does tell a story in a pretty amusing way.
"A Delightful Comedic Premise" by Barry Malzberg -+- This epistolary tale (I never pass up a chance to use that word) is a series of letters between a Mr. Ferman (presumably Ed Ferman, former editor and publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Barry Malzberg (around 1973). Ferman is asking if Malzberg could write an amusing story for him. But they just can't seem to get on the same page. Funny!
"The Sweater" by Nick DeChario -+- Paolo buys an old sweater from an old woman who tells him that the sweater has a history. It turns out the sweater can talk and causes all kinds of trouble for Paolo. Another fun story!
"The Great Buddhist Monk Beatdown" by T.R. Napper -+- Kindred Kandel has lost his memory. Is he a scientist or a detective? Does he need his medication or just pie? Wild story!
"Ergomonochron" by James Wesley Rogers -+- The President of the United States, a mad scientist, a superhero, an Internet trillionaire, a lady robot, and Benjamin Franklin are all after the Ergomonochron in another entertaining but bizarre tale.
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.