Galaxy's Edge: Magazine Issue 29 (November 2017)
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Phoenix Pick Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423890
Date: 21 December 2017 List Price $4.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Galaxy's Edge / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The November 2017 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#29) 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 Nature of Swords" by Larry Hodges. -+- In some fantasy world, magic swords constantly fight each other. Because they are magic, no damage is ever permanent. The Nameless Sword usually loses his battles and is not happy because his builder died before naming him. Indeed, all humans are dead and gone, the result of these magic swords being developed. So Nameless goes out on a search for any living human and a chance to be named. His quest is achieved with a surprising ending. Good story!
"Suicide Party" by David L. Herbert -+- This takes place in a future America in which the Supreme Court found an absolute right to suicide. Perfectly healthy young people end their lives. The story consists of two people discussing this with one berating the other for not thinking this is an excellent idea. This is not science fiction. It's just propaganda.
"With a Wink of a Heron's Eye" by Jean-Claude Dunyach, translated by Sheryl Curtis -+- In Amsterdam, a man sees a woman lose an earring and goes to a lot of trouble to return it. But there is more than that going on. A beautifully written tale and the best in this issue.
"Pilot Program" by Daniel J. Davis -+- A disable future war veteran is frustrated when dealing with a bureaucracy that is supposed to help him but is really controlling his life. He finds a way to deal with it. Liked this one a lot as it dispensed some justice to the oppressors.
"Ghost Dance" by Eric Leif Davin -+- Buffalo Bill Cody has arranged for Kicking Bear, the nephew of Sitting Bull, to perform the Ghost Dance one more time for the cameras of Thomas Alva Edison to record. But there are consequences not expected by Cody and Edison, but not surprising to us. Nicely done.
"It's Only Skin Deep, Darling" by Steve Pantaxis -+- In this brief tale, two aliens discuss one of them donning a special suit to look human. Amusing.
"The Coming of Darkness" by Dan Koboldt -+- In a near-future in which the ability to run the electrical grid has been declining, a final blackout forces a man and his daughter to find a way to survive. A nice little tale with characters you come to care about.
The last 2017 story is "Green" by Sandra M. Odell. -+- Solomon Hatchett is a former slave not long after the Civil War, trying to eke out an existence on land he owns and trying to take care of his daughter, Ruth. But when a wounded man with unnatural white skin riding a horse with horns on its head shows up, he feels he has to play Good Samaritan which puts him in danger with all-too-normal white folk. A nicely done blend of history and fantasy.
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.