Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 91 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #91)



❰PDF❯ ✪ Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 91 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #91) Author Neil Clarke – E17streets4all.co.uk FICTION Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick Autodidact by Benjanun Sriduangkaew Water in Springtime by Kali Wallace The Cuckoo by Sean Williams Going After Bobo by Susan Palwick Shining Armor by Domi FICTION Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick Autodidact by Benjanun Sriduangkaew Water in Springtime by Kali Wallace The Cuckoo by Sean Williams Going After Bobo by Susan Palwick Shining Armor by Dominic GreenNON FICTION Realms of Dark, Deep and Cold by Julie Novakova The Blue Collar Craftsman Clarkesworld Magazine, PDF \ the Salesmen on Mars A Conversation with Ben Tanzer by Jeremy L C Jones Another Word Killing Rage by Daniel Abraham Editor s Desk Supporting our Favorites by Neil Clarke.Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 91 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #91)

Neil Clarke is best known as the editor and publisher of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award winning Clarkesworld Magazine Launched in October , the online magazine has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine four times winning three times , the World Fantasy Clarkesworld Magazine, PDF \ Award four times winning once , and the British Fantasy Award once winning once Neil is also a eight time finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form , three time winner of the Chesley Award for Best Art Director, and a recipient of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award In the thirteen years since Clarkesworld Magazine launched, numerous stories that he has published have been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press, and Stoker AwardsAdditionally, Neil editsForevera digital only, reprint science fiction magazine he launched in His anthologies include Upgraded, Galactic Empires, Touchable Unreality, More Human than Human, The Final Frontier, Not One of Us, and the Best Science Fiction of the Year series His latest anthology, The Eagle has Landed, was published in July He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

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10 thoughts on “Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 91 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #91)

  1. says:

    First encounter story with trademark dark humor One of the best stories of 2014.Review on my blog First encounter story with trademark dark humor One of the best stories of 2014.Review on my blog

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    Clarkesworld is one of my favorite online fantasy and science fiction magazines and always provides an interesting mix of stories I first became aware of Catherynne M Valente from its pages This month s issue contained six stories stretching from the present day to a future nursery where stars become ships The two standout stories for me were Autodidact and Water in Springtime and I look forward to readingof Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Kali Wallace s work.Passage of EarthMichael Swanwick Clarkesworld is one of my favorite online fantasy and science fiction magazines and always provides an interesting mix of stories I first became aware of Catherynne M Valente from its pages This month s issue contained six stories stretching from the present day to a future nursery where stars become ships The two standout stories for me were Autodidact and Water in Springtime and I look forward to readingof Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Kali Wallace s work.Passage of EarthMichael Swanwick has written what is essentially a character piece taking place during a particular kind of alien invasion, although calling it an invasion is something of a misnomer Hank is a county coroner with a history in government service, who is recruited by his ex wife to perform an autopsy on an alien Worm As the story enfolds Swanwick gradually shows the true nature of both Hank and the Worms It is this characterization of both an individual and a collective species that is the story s greatest strength, even if it occasionally seems to veer into Freudian territory.AutodidactBenjanun Sriduangkaew s story is difficult to describe There is an almost dreamlike feeling to this tale of AIs forged from the corpses of stars and the effort to teach her ethics The main character, Nirapha, is a survivor of the genocide of Mahakesi and is recruited to teach ethics the most dangerous and powerful ship in the universe This is largely a three hander consisting of Nirapha, the AI, and the AI s mother The tug of war between them forms the meat of the story I enjoyed it immensely.Water in SpringtimeKali Wallace s story of a mother and daughter straddles the line between fantasy and science fiction There are hints of an ancient war still being fought, but the story focuses on the strained relationship between Alis and her mother The mother is distant and otherworldly, capable of strange magic, magic that Alis seems to lack The story traces Alis growing understanding of her own powers and subsequently of her mother The magic in this story follows the water and is unique and well depicted This is a melancholy story, almost a fairy tale from another world This is my favorite of the issue.The CuckooSean Williams combines future history, April Fools Day, chaos theory, and memes into a short, thought provoking piece One of the shortest stories in the issue, it nevertheless, has the densest concentration of ideas and concepts The late 21st Century is cleverly drawn and the ideas are fascinating I ll admit that the concept of self aware memes has always fascinated me, but is one that I ve never quite been able to wrap my head around I also appreciated the almost dry historical tone.Going After BoboSusan Palwick writes about a broken family and a missing cat in the near future The speculative aspects are less prevalent, but the family dynamics, the shadow of the father s suicide, and the question of what actually happened to the cat provide ample drama Sadly, on reflection, I d say this was my least favorite story here.Shining ArmorDominic Green has constructed a future where the Commonwealth of Man is fading and mining combines threaten a small village protected only by a huge ard monstrosity, the Guardian, that requires an operator to function This is a fairly standard set up, that Green enlivens both by telling through the eyes of a young boy, and through the lively depiction of the village s personalities

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    Individual stories reviewed below Average is 2.8 stars Passage of Earth 3 stars by MICHAEL SWANWICKA sentient race of space worms invade Earth A mortician s ex brings him one to autopsy view spoiler It takes over his mind in a very unusual way No longer in control of his own self, he has to work through his issues with his ex in his own head hide spoiler A decent short with a unique idea Autodidact 1 stars by BENJANUN SRIDUANGKAEWThis one was so bad it hurts the oth Individual stories reviewed below Average is 2.8 stars Passage of Earth 3 stars by MICHAEL SWANWICKA sentient race of space worms invade Earth A mortician s ex brings him one to autopsy view spoiler It takes over his mind in a very unusual way No longer in control of his own self, he has to work through his issues with his ex in his own head hide spoiler A decent short with a unique idea Autodidact 1 stars by BENJANUN SRIDUANGKAEWThis one was so bad it hurts the others that are in the same book with it This story read like a Kurt Vonnegut fever dream of Philip K Dick hallucinating that he s channeling Lewis Carol I didn t understand the intended meaning of half of what I read It was way too verbose with over flowered prose that was so thick it made me nauseous I advise skipping this story altogether Oh yeah, it was about a star turning into a sentient spaceship That could have been fun if it hadn t been written in the form of an exploding thesaurus on acid Next Water in Springtime 3 stars by KALI WALLACEI was all ready to give this one four stars And I would have if it hadn t been for that brick wall I smacked into at the point where the story stopped Not endedstopped I hate that A world had been createdI was IN IT and it stopped No answers or explanations for what the hell ever was going on with view spoiler the out of body become the water thing of the protag, the blight, the woman making her daughters out of baby bones, blood dirt, the rusted metal invader carcasses, the other old daughters in the tower.no resolution hide spoiler Crap But, I m still giving it 3 stars for the writing and the story because I got sucked in big time The Cuckoo 3 stars by SEAN WILLIAMSA story about matter transmitters, the evolution of memes and how the combination of the two could result in spontaneous AI or almost AI that was a bit unclear to me Some interesting concepts, esp the trans d, but the rest was a bit of a stretch for me to accept as plausible Still a good read Going After Bobo 5 stars by SUSAN PALWICKI can t explain why, really, but this story hit me in the feels A young man with a troubled life looses his pet and best friend, a cat named Bobo, to a hateful act by his older brother In the course of the story, you find that his troubles, and his brother s and mother s, are related to a tragic event with his father It has a motif, which is being boxed in I won t say anybecause this one is too good to spoil in any way Read it It reminded me of the book It s Like This Cat, that I read way back in Junior High Excellent Read Shining Armor 4 stars by DOMINIC GREENWritten in a Kung Fu type dialogue, this one felt like a cross between an old western movie and Japanese robotech anime It is set on a another planet where the greedy robber barons are trying to destroy the local village for their own profit A very fun read

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    A solid collection of stories again this month, they run a gamut from obvious science fiction to fantasy to non genre The Autodidact was the only story I found difficult to slog through, from the combination of its style and its plot, it wasn t for me.The opening story by Swanwick is a great varied ride unto its own Starting with clinical tones of dry anatomic observation the excitement of the character s curiosity builds as does the reader s interest as expectations regarding where the stor A solid collection of stories again this month, they run a gamut from obvious science fiction to fantasy to non genre The Autodidact was the only story I found difficult to slog through, from the combination of its style and its plot, it wasn t for me.The opening story by Swanwick is a great varied ride unto its own Starting with clinical tones of dry anatomic observation the excitement of the character s curiosity builds as does the reader s interest as expectations regarding where the story is going veer into new directions A story about relationships, conquering, assimilation, and the various properties life can have, this was a great way to open the issue Water in Springtime is an emotionally moving story of a mother training her daughter, ultimately to release her on her own, in a seemingly post apocalyptic world where the rules of fantasy or magic seem to hold greater sway than science or technology Or perhaps the difference between the two only lies in our language This complex story is one I ve marked to read again as I know I will gleanfrom the subtle depths of its streams upon a return The Cuckoo is a humorous, though dry, take on an April Fool s prank going viral Including commentary on how society gets news and reactions to it, as well as on the culture of academia, made this enjoyable.Palwick s Going After Bobo was a refreshing addition, a story focused squarely on the protagonist and the emotions aroused through a lost pet Not really containing many elements of genre at all, this is a farclassical literary tale, but fit as a welcome variation from the other stories in the issue Simple and seemingly straight forward, it is still well done.The final story Shining Armor isn t exceptional, but it is an interesting story, almost a science fiction version of a folk tale where technology and old time smarts are used by the oppressed to outwit the overlords Along with a decent smattering of non fiction, particularly the lead article by Novakova, this was a high quality, though nicely varied, issue

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    Yet another solid issue.Original Fiction Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick a creepy alien invasion abduction tale The passage part isn t what you think Autodidact by Benjanun Sriduangkaew didn t quite top her last space opera story Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade for me but still a great read It s about a woman parenting teaching a sentient starship Water in Springtime by Kali Wallace loved this fantasy, which has magic and metal machines both My fave of the issue A girl and h Yet another solid issue.Original Fiction Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick a creepy alien invasion abduction tale The passage part isn t what you think Autodidact by Benjanun Sriduangkaew didn t quite top her last space opera story Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade for me but still a great read It s about a woman parenting teaching a sentient starship Water in Springtime by Kali Wallace loved this fantasy, which has magic and metal machines both My fave of the issue A girl and her mother journey across a poisoned land as the mother teaches her to send her consciousness down streams and rivers I d love to read a novel in this setting The Cuckoo by Sean Williams a grimly funny little story about April Fool s pranks getting out of hand in the future.Non fiction Julie Novakova writes about subsurface oceans like those on Europa and Enceladus and their possibilities for life Cool stuff.Jeremy L C Jones interviews Ben Tanzer, who I d never heard of before.Daniel Abraham does his column on anger and conflict resolution

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    Issue 91 of Clarkesworld opens with Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick Swanwick is one of my favorite authors when he s not writing about talking dogs, and this is not a Darger and Surplus story, so I was already inclined to like it Hank, the protagonist, is the county coroner in a small rural community One morning, in the wee small hours, an ambulance brings a Worm to his morgue, and Evelyn, a member of the unidentified Agency who also happens to be his ex wife, instructs him to perfor Issue 91 of Clarkesworld opens with Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick Swanwick is one of my favorite authors when he s not writing about talking dogs, and this is not a Darger and Surplus story, so I was already inclined to like it Hank, the protagonist, is the county coroner in a small rural community One morning, in the wee small hours, an ambulance brings a Worm to his morgue, and Evelyn, a member of the unidentified Agency who also happens to be his ex wife, instructs him to perform an autopsy The anatomy of the creature, a member of the only other intelligent species in the universe that humans have yet encountered, is so completely different from that of humans that humans don t know how to combat them assuming combat is necessary, and the humans appear to be spoiling for war It s a tale of interspecies conflict writ small, but with such imagination that the Read More

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    It s my second Clarkesworld and I ve enjoyed it eventhan Issue 90 My favourites have been Passage of Earth by Swanwick but hey, he s one of my favourite writers anyway , Water in Sprintime by Kali Wallace I d really love to read a full novel in the same setting and Shining Armor by Dominic Green Going after Bobo too was very good but I m a cat lover and then I ve really enjoyed the other stories otherwise why 5 stars and the non fiction too sure I ll soon get another It s my second Clarkesworld and I ve enjoyed it eventhan Issue 90 My favourites have been Passage of Earth by Swanwick but hey, he s one of my favourite writers anyway , Water in Sprintime by Kali Wallace I d really love to read a full novel in the same setting and Shining Armor by Dominic Green Going after Bobo too was very good but I m a cat lover and then I ve really enjoyed the other stories otherwise why 5 stars and the non fiction too sure I ll soon get another issue

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    Wallace s greatest talent is creating vivid words with very spare, almost brutal prose In a way, it s also her greatest downfall at least in her short stories I m still waiting on her novel , because I always find myself wanting , to immerse deeper, to getto chew on and, because of the story s length and the constraints that come with that, I never quite get it On the other hand, it s a pretty pleasing flaw for a writer to have This was definitely my favorite of the shorts I ve re Wallace s greatest talent is creating vivid words with very spare, almost brutal prose In a way, it s also her greatest downfall at least in her short stories I m still waiting on her novel , because I always find myself wanting , to immerse deeper, to getto chew on and, because of the story s length and the constraints that come with that, I never quite get it On the other hand, it s a pretty pleasing flaw for a writer to have This was definitely my favorite of the shorts I ve read so far, one I ll be thinking about and chewing over for a time to come

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    Eeew, an alien autopsy This is going to take a lot of pairs of rubbergloves Michael Swanwick s Passage of Earth leads us on a merryjourney down the alimentary canal of a giant, vermiform alien foundafter a crash land into the Pacific Ah, the smell of fresh turnedmud But is it earth, or the castings of a superintelligent speciesthat composts the universe When the coroner pops a bit into his moutha la Cuchulain s Salmon of Knowledge, isn t that going a bit too far Daa Daa Daaaa, diDaaaaaa Eeew, an alien autopsy This is going to take a lot of pairs of rubbergloves Michael Swanwick s Passage of Earth leads us on a merryjourney down the alimentary canal of a giant, vermiform alien foundafter a crash land into the Pacific Ah, the smell of fresh turnedmud But is it earth, or the castings of a superintelligent speciesthat composts the universe When the coroner pops a bit into his moutha la Cuchulain s Salmon of Knowledge, isn t that going a bit too far Daa Daa Daaaa, diDaaaaaa Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom My God, it s fullof stars

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    I liked this one it s a little humorous and a little disturbing.

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