Clarkesworld #130 - July 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Eddie Mendoza
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 25 July 2017
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The 130th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with five new stories, two reprints, and other features.
The first story is "An Age of Ice" by Zhang Ran (translated by Andy Dudak). -+- Feng Su, frozen for fifty years, is revived by her daughter. It is a very different world. Well done, very concise.
The second story is "Travelers" by Rich Larson. -+- A woman is awakened from hibernation on a ship thirty-two years from its destination. She hears music and meets Derek who says he was also awakened. But there is something else going on. Nice chill at the end of this one.
The third story "The Significance of Significance" by Robert Reed. -+- When Sarah was not quite two-years-old, scientists announced that they'd discovered that the universe is an artificial construct and that has a profound effect on the way she lives her life. However, things really change for the next generation. Very imaginative story, the kind we expect from Reed.
The fourth story is "The Bridgegroom" by Bo Balder. -+- When an old man comes down off the mountain and drops dead, Alois is assigned to take his place. He is led through a tunnel onto a ledge projecting over the glacier and left there. He knows that the Bridge is nearby over the glacier. He has been assigned to watch over it. Why? He finds that the Bridge is intelligent and can talk. He finds out that he's the Bridge's jailer. He learns something from journals kept by previous "bridgegrooms" and more by talking to the Bridge. There have been bridgegrooms for almost 600 years. He finds out why. What can he do about it? Interesting story that makes you want to know what will happen next.
The fifth story is "Last Chance" by Nicole Kornher-Stace. In what seems to be some post-apocalyptic world, Aneko is taken by scavengers. They force her and other kids to go into ruined buildings for before-Magic treasure. With the help of her friend, Nina, she finds something that might help them. Good story liked the point-of-view style of Aneko telling her story.
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 the link at the top of this review.