Clarkesworld 135 – December 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Eistibus, Angel of Divination by Peter Mohrbacher
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 28 December 2017
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The 135th issue of Clarkesworld is here with five new stories, two reprints, and other features.
The first story is "The Rains on Mars" by Natalia Theodoridou. -+- Mac is part of a team on Mars that works at getting rid of patches of ice so that floods don't occur. He left Earth after the death of his brother for which he was responsible. His constant thinking about his brother makes him less attentive to what he is doing and a disaster occurs. The consequences are pretty bad. This is a good story but it's impossible to feel much sympathy for our protagonist.
The second story is "Crossing LaSalle" by Lettie Prell. -+- Mara doesn't like her life. She's unemployed and unlikely to find a job. She wants to be uploaded into a NewBody some kind of robotic humanoid so she will no longer waste resources. But it's hard to get in if you're healthy and young. One night, she takes a desperate chance. A look at a somewhat dystopian near-future world with about as good an ending as it could have. Nor great but not bad story.
The third is "Falling in Love with Martians and Machines" by Josh Pearce. -+- Our narrator tells us about traveling around with a cybernetic race car driver Chromium Jim and what she does to assist him. Probably I'd be more interested if I cared anything about car racing. Pretty good story though.
The fourth story is "Darkness, Our Mother" by Eleanna Castroianni. -+- Sadne lives on the planet Cemar, settled by humans a long time ago. To survive, a woman named Medee developed some sort of mathematics and women of her bloodline, which Sadne is part of, continue to have a sort of power. But Sadne's father, King Uthar, has imprisoned her mother and is suppressing those of the bloodline. He has also imprisoned Sadne's brother, Erion, born with a head like a bull. Can she use the prince from another planet to help her and her brother? An imaginative, richly developed story, well-told.
The fifth story is "Landmark" by Cassandra Khaw. -+- Two lovers, separated by ten million light years and more, try to maintain a relationship. This one just didn't work for me.
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).