Shimmer – Number 40, November 2017
Edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Cover Artist: Sandro Castelli
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 27 November 2017
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Here is Number 40 Shimmer with four stories that you won't get anywhere else.
The first story is "Boneset" by Lucia Iglesias. -+- A picture of a man whose profession is bonesetting. He can help people with physical problems, but not his relationship with his son. Even a generous offer from a publisher for his book cannot help that. A story in prose style and a joy to read.
The second story is "The Atomic Hallows and the Body of Science" by Octavia Cade. -+- A series of musings by scientists and other people who are somehow connected to the development of the atomic bomb during World War II. Interesting viewpoints especially of people who are not well-known.
The third story is "Raise-the-Dead Cobbler" by Andrea Corbin. -+- Three witches. Mason, Jun, and Isabel use a process that makes a copy of someone from the past who is dead and brings them back to life. They bring back Mason's mother and a silent film star named Joseph. It doesn't turn out well. Good character study.
The fourth story is "The Weight of Sentience" by Naru Dames Sundar. -+- Trisa is a life-like robot that has been given sentience by a virus. This is a death sentence in Barsan so she must escape to neighboring Illesh. But while hiding out near the border, she meets Salai, a member of a religious order known as the Kurmesh. She learns that sentience is more than just thought. A beautiful, poignant tale.
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