Clarkesworld 136 - January 2018
Edited by Neil Clarke
Cover Artist: Artur Sadlos
Review by Sam Tomaino
Clarkesworld eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1937-7843
Date: 24 January 2018
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The 136th issue of Clarkesworld is here, with five new stories, two reprints and other features.
The first story is "A World to Die For" by Tobias S. Buckell. -+- Chenrah lives in a future some eighty years from now where the climate has collapsed due to greenhouse gases and America is a fragmented mess. She is part of a cluster ruling part of what was Indiana. But the cluster encounters some strange people led by a man named Armand who is looking for someone who looks a lot like her. Then, she finds herself transported to a cleaner world. It's an alternate universe and she finds there are many, all with different levels of climate. Her innate intelligence makes her valuable to just the right kind of world. She has choices to make. Good solid story.
The second story is "Say it Low, then Loud" by Osahon Ize-Iyamu. -+- Efosa is a soldier in some future colonial war that has estranged him from his family. But, he is losing more than that. Unsettling.
The third is "Sour Milk Girls" by Erin Roberts. -+- Our narrator is Ghost, a teenager in a near-future foster home that takes memories from the girls when they come in. On the third floor with her are other older girls called Flash and Whispers. A new girl comes in they call Princess. She has most of her memories. Will she get taken by a foster family? A grim tale with our narrator a very memorable character.
The fourth story is "A Cigarette Burn in Your Memory" by Bo Balder. -+- Gouda is a private detective who looks for missing persons in a future Amsterdam. But the world has grown warmer and all technology has broken down. Worse, she is always forgetting things. Has something worse happened to humanity that they can't even remember? Powerful little tale that one can't forget.
The fifth story is "The Lighthouse Girl" by Bao Shu, translated by Andy Dudak. -+- Ling Rourou is a seven-year-old girl and begins a diary when her father, Ling Dong gives her a computer. As time goes on, she wonders about her mother and knowledge that she should have, like being able to play the piano and speak English. She has memories of her name being Jessica. A teacher from America thinks she resembles a childhood friend named Jessica. The mystery deepens with the woman she thinks is her mother looking more like her twin and another girl named Karla who also looks like her. The solution makes for an excellent 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 their website (see link at the top of this review).