Clarkesworld 124 - January 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Gabriel Bjork Stiernstrom
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 27 January 2017
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The 124th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with five new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "The Ghost Ship Anastasia" by Rich Larson. -+- Silas is part of a crew sent to check if a bioship is in trouble. He has problems of his own. His sister died in cryo but can be brought back if they can get her remains back to civilization in time. Meanwhile, there is something seriously wrong with the bioship. It seems to have absorbed its crew. Imaginative.
The second story is "A Series of Steaks" by Vina Jie-Min Prasad. -+- Helena makes a living making fake beef and she's pretty good at it. When an anonymous caller asks for 200 fake steaks, she can't handle it alone, so she hires Lily who's really good. Mr. Anonymous is pretty threatening, so the two women figure out a way to give him his just deserts! Great story!
The third story is "Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities" by Lettie Prell. -+- Cole is in jail laying on his cot, awaiting his trial for burglary. He has dreams of different systems of justice. Which one will he get? Well told. Piques ones interest.
The fourth story is "Interchange" by Gary Kloster. -+- Lucy, trying to forget a personal tragedy, is working as a doctor to a highway crew. The difference is that they are outside of regular time for six months while the road is built. But a glitch in the system brings some nano tech from the future which changes everybody. Is this good or bad? Well-crafted story that brings many diverse elements together.
The fifth story is "Milla" by Lorenzo Crescentini and Emanuela Valentini, translated by Rich Larson. -+- Marek has been traveling in space to come to the planet Shiva to see if its suitable for colonization by a desperate Earth. On the planet, he hears what seems be a woman's voice calling herself Milla. She tells him that the civilization that had lived there and had created her (some sort of AI) had wiped itself out. He tells her of his mission and she does something that surprises him. Beautifully told story with the perfect ending.
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 (link at the top of this review).