Clarkesworld 134 – November 2017
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Jonas De Ro
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld Magazine (print/digital) ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 26 November 2017
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The 134th issue of Clarkesworld is here with five new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "Prasetyo Plastics" by D.A. Xiaolin Spires. -+- Ali and Karina have been in the forefront of creating more and more things out of plastic. They scoff at the hate mail they receive. But more and more plastic dominates the Earth, working its way up the food chain. Will the singularity be plastic? Imaginative and chilling tale.
The second story is "Retrieval" by Suzanne Walker. -+- Our narrator goes through much trouble to bring her father home. Nicely poignant story.
The third story is "Dead Heroes" by Mike Buckley. -+- Our narrator and his friend, Tim, idolize the soldiers who went into the thing called The Living Forest which blanks out memories. But what kind of victory do these warriors achieve? Bittersweet tale.
The fourth story is "Who Won the Battle of Arsia Mons?" by Sue Burke. -+- A popular video game features robots fighting on Mars. So, some people start thinking, "Why not have a real robot battle on Mars?" This proves to be a popular and fungible idea. Four groups are organized to control one robot each and eventually the battle is joined. There are some great twists on the way. Interesting characters, too. Great story!
The fifth story is "The Catalog of Virgins" by Nicoletta Vallorani (translated by Rachel S. Cordasco). -+- A story of Bluebeard's wives, all too brief. Well written.
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).