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Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 119 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #119)

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“First Light at Mistaken Point” by Kali Wallace
“Teenagers from Outer Space” by Dale Bailey
“Now is the Hour” by Emily Devenport
“The Engines Imperial” by Sean Bensinger
“Reclamation” by Ryan Row
“Alone, on the Wind” by Karla Schmidt, translated by Lara Harmon
“The Fish Merchant” by Tobias S. Buckell
“A Stopped Clock” by Madeline Ashby
Paperback, 162 pages
Published August 4th 2016 by Wyrm Publishing (first published August 1st 2016)
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Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not bad stories, but not so great either. In fact these ones aren`t really in my range of interest.

The main theme of the stories revolves around space, aliens, spaceships, in tone with the image depicted on the cover.

“The Engines Imperial” by Sean Bensinger had a good ideea and was quite well made, also, “First Light at Mistaken Point” by Kali Wallace, had a good structure, but I wasn`t impressed by it`s ending, and overall, this issue didn`t hold much interest for me. ...more
"Now is the Our" by Emily Davenport —
Family tries to use lottery winnings to get off of lousy planet, doesn't go as they hoped. A time traveler finds the lone survivor. Engaging tearjerker were stepping into vacuum is better than life. ***

"The Engine's Imperial" by Sean Basinger —
AI interstellar warship lives out its programmed mission, even knowing the long time periods it takes to travel between stars usually makes its mission obsolete before it begins. Will no one mour
Ben Nash
Lots of the stories here—and essays—stuck with me. There were a couple that didn't quite work.

Alone, on the Wind by Karla Schmidt was the strangest of them all, in a good way. I didn't remember as I was reading that the story was translated. Maybe that has something to do with why I was left with an overall alien tone. Either way, the imagery and characters were different enough, vivid enough, that I finished with quite an impression.

Now is the Hour by Emily Davenport worked together with thi/>Now/>Alone,
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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im Gegensatz zur letzten Ausgabe überwiegend gut bis sehr gut

Kali Wallace (“First Light at Mistaken Point”) ****
kunstvoll verwobene Geschichte um Trauer, verpasste Gelegenheiten, Kindheit, Liebe und Tod; während die Protagonistin nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter deren Haushalt auflöst und mit ihren Erinnerungen hadert, muß sie sich gleichzeit um eine möglicherweise katastrophal gescheiterte Marsmission kümmern

Dale Bailey (“Teenagers from Outer Space”) ***
Aliens haben sich in einem kleinen am/>Dale/>Kali
Pearse Anderson
Probably the best stand-alone issue of Clarkesworld I've read so far, but that's not saying toooo much. I've found some of the magazine can be filler, and for this reason I've stuck to anthologies of year's best or recommended stories, but this issue was good. Teenagers From Outer Space was killer, A Stopped Clock was cute, The Engines Imperial and Reclamation did the whole space-epic thing right (but didn't grab me like other stories). The nonfiction was solid. It was a good issue. Reclamation ...more
Erin (PT)
This is a weird (in a good way) and interesting story that sits in the crossroads of two important events in the protagonist's life: the death of her mother (and its aftermath) and the loss of communication with a mission to Mars where she both worked on the communication systems and her lover is aboard. It feels a bit like Shirley Jackson's Hill House in that there's a louring creepiness and sense of horror while it's simultaneously unclear whether anything is actually happening.

As with Hill H
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Historical SF, set in a small town in the 1950s where aliens have assimilated into the local culture. Intriguing aesthetic, but the aliens aren’t the main focus here; the story follows the lives of two human girls going to high school. It’s a character-driven tale, with some poignant thoughts on agency reflective of its period setting. And it's very well written; I really liked Nancy's voice and how evocative the writing was.

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Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enthält Karla Schmidts seltsame, faszinierende, wenn auch etwas lange Novelle "Auf dem Wind, alleine" (aus der Begedia-Antho 'Space Rocks') in englischer Übersetzung!

Mein Highlight: Die kurze Geschichte "The Engines Imperial", eine galaxisumspannende Mini-Space Opera um gewaltige Tötungsmaschinen. Lakonische Prosa, tolle Atmosphäre. Und "First Light at Mistaken Point" von Kali Wallace, eine wunderbare Reflektion um verpasste Gelegenheiten in der Familie, Trauerarbeit und dem Wahrnehm
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
My favourites are Bailey’s “Teenagers from Outer Space” and Davenport’s “Now is the Hour” (even if I don’t usually like plots involving time travels!), but almost all other fiction in this issue is very good… almost because I didn’t much like “Alone, on the Wind”, the story seems/is intriguing but… despite being pretty fluent in English, I simply didn’t understand way too much of it :-(
The best and most interesting nonfiction for me has been the “history of Rambo”.
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Another good issue. The Bailey piece is a fun merge of genres. Also enjoyed the Wallace and Ashby stories in particular.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Short and heartwarming. I really loved the characters and the setting.
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Maggie Gordon
An interesting take on a war story, looking at the experiences of two, elderly street vendors as technology crumbles around them, sending the world into a tail spin. Ashby writes compelling characters, but I think the set-up was quite deserving of a full novel. I would have liked to see more of the repercussions of the hacker attack and what society did to cope.

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I enjoy science fiction that pushes boundaries, but I also enjoy understanding what I am reading. Reclamation
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Neil Clarke is best known as the editor and publisher of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. Launched in October 2006, the online magazine has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine four times (winning three times), the World Fantasy Award four times (winning once), and the British Fantasy Award once (winning once). Neil is also a seven-time finalist for the H ...more