Galaxy's Edge - Issue 27- July 2017
Edited by Mike Resnick
Review by Sam Tomaino
Galaxy's Edge eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 9781612423722
Date: 29 July 2017
Links: Galaxy's Edge / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The July 2017 issue of Galaxy's Edge (#27) 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 Death of Arthur Owsley" by Stephen Lawson. -+- Lawrence Lippincott has been suddenly struck blind for no medical reasons. He does not tell his doctor that it's related to what he found in the house of Arthur Owsley whose house he had cleaned of gore after Owsley's suicide. He had found something that had given him the ability to see anything anywhere just by looking at it. Even blind, he can take advantage of this.
"Tenure Track" by J.P. Sullivan -+- Laurent teaches at a university on the planet of the Padhomay. He's the only human on staff but is told he is not getting tenure because he is not human enough. What can he do? Amusing.
"Too Deep Thought" by Edward M. Lerner -+- A brilliant scientist brings the learned of the world together to tell them that he has figured out "the solution to the enigma of the ages". It does not go well. The payoff to this was just okay.
"Termination Pending" by Rachelle Harp -+- Kira is a cyborg that had been dispatched to a distant plane to find out why they resist being wired into the ruling Makers. What she discovers has resulted in being recalled and sentenced to execution. How can she survive. Good little story.
"Hired Gun" by Lou J Berger -+- Let's just say this one had a very unusual job interview with a startling conclusion. Good black humor ending.
"Disappearing Days" by Leena Likitalo -+- The you of this story wonders where the days of her life have disappeared to. Her boss deals with the situation. Nice chill at the end of this one.
"Karmic Chameleon" by Paul Di Filippo -+- Allison Gardenshire had helped develop a device called the chameleonic pistol which works on the principle of a fifth force that she had discovered. People are trying to steal the device. Can she prevent that. Another conclusion that was just okay.
"This Knotted Dust" by Gregor Hartmann -+- In a far future in which all religion has been outlawed, a man is brought back from the dead who was religious. The results are surprising for those that revive him. Good story.
"Late Night at the Wonder Bar" by Gordon Eklund -+- Our narrator is a reporter who finds himself meeting a beautiful woman several times with different names who believe in alternate histories of the victories of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and the Confederacy. The problem is that he finds himself in those histories. The last one is a real hoot. A very good story from an old pro.
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. (See link to their website at the top of this review.)