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Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 125 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #125)

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"Assassins" by Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier
"Prosthetic Daughter" by Nin Harris
"How Bees Fly" by Simone Heller
"Rain Ship" by Chi Hui, translated by Andy Dudak
"Dragon's Deep" by Cecelia Holland
"The Dragonslayer of Merebarton" by K.J. Parker

"Frodo Is Dead: Worldbuilding and The Science of Magic" by Christopher Mahon
"Organic Tech and Healing Clay: A
ebook, 148 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Wyrm Publishing (first published February 2017)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
More dragons! Reviews for the following fantasy short stories first posted on Fantasy Literature:

4 stars for “The Dragonslayer of Merebarton” by K.J. Parker, online here at Clarkesworld: Dodinas le Cure Hardy, a 56 year old knight, was a moderately successful knight in his day (“three second places in ranking tournaments, two thirds, usually in the top twenty out of an average field of forty or so”), but now he has retired to his rather dilapidated estate. He’s attempting to mend his own
Leo Robertson
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Excellent stories as always and featuring some intimidatingly accomplished writers!

Prosthetic Daughter by Nin Harris is the clear winner for me this month.

Loads of fantasy this time though, and again, until the existence of dragons is confirmed, I don't get it.

Anyways this mag is totally free to read online, so I ain't complaining :)
The Dragonslayer of Merebarton is a short story about an older knight who is forced to deal with the unwanted presence of a dragon on his lands. Having long since abandoned the tournaments of his younger days, Dodinas le Cure Hardy would much rather manage his estate as best he can. Unfortunately, the best laid plans of mice and men and so on.

I'm a bit torn on this one. On the one hand, it was amusing and was a delightfully cynical look at the heroic knight and dragonslaying. On the other hand,
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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This story had an unexpected ending. May have been a bit morbid. It's hard to tell with the language and the false statements about what he is saying. So, I'm not sure how to take this story. I liked it. However, I can't figure out if he meant what he meant or was it really the other thing he's been talking about for the whole second half of the story. I read it twice and couldn't figure it out.
Eric Mesa
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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"Assassins" - At it's most basic level, this is a story about people forming emotional attachments with virtual characters. What I think makes this short story so compelling is that this is already the case with much less fidelity than a Star Trek holodeck or even convincing virtual reality. People form emotional bonds with video game characters - the previous book I read (A Mind Forever Voyaging) - documents this happening back in the text adventure days. It still happens today. And it happens ...more
Sameena Jehanzeb
Here comes an anthology with dystopian futures, cyborgs and intelligent rats in it! There was one story I couldn't connect with but I decided to give it 5 stars anyway, since the other three storys were quite amazing.

Assassins – Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier (****)
Sonia is a coder. working for the editors who create characters for the virtual world Labyrinthian. Spectators visit this world through their special glasses and experience friendships and relationships with fictional
Michael Whiteman
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Assassins - Jack Skillingstead & Burt Courtier ***
A woman whose character in an online game/reality TV "experience" was deleted for lack of popularity begins killing off the most popular characters. Nice take on the real-world impact of celebrity.

Prosthetic Daughter - Nin Harris ***
Time-hopping identity theft when all memories are cloud-based. Thoughtful and considered on memory and identity when both can be removed and replaced.

How Bees Fly - Simone Heller ***
Post-technology creatures
Donald Shepherd
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amusingly cynical but not gripping, or alternatively realistic enough to reduce the attraction of reading it.
Hillary Major
Read this for "The Dragonslayer of Merebaton," typically great KJ Parker black humor; entire issue is solid or better; Chi Hui's "Rain Ship" is a highlight
4.5 *s
I think the standout story in this was Rain Ships. I loved that one. I also super enjoyed the essay Frodo is Dead which looks at the super scientific way people are writing a lot of magic systems currently. I like magic that has a system but it does loose the actual... magic of a magic system sometimes and it kind of breaks that down and why. Good stuff in this one. By far the best was Rain Ships for me though. Loved that one.
I recently subscribed to Clarkesworld via their Patreon account. I've been itching to write more short fiction, but I'm also dying to produce more SFF-type work so a magazine subscription seemed to fit both goals. This was a great introduction - many hits and a couple misses for me, but overall a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Fiction: 3.1/5
- "Assassins": 2/5
- "Prosthetic Daughter": 5/5
- "How Bees Fly": 3/5
- "Rain Ship": 1/5
- "Dragon's Deep": 4/5
- "The Dragonslayer of Merebaton": 4/5

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A pretty good issue where I actually enjoyed all the stories to one degree or another.

"Assassins" by Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier —
In a story translating a tale of player-killers in MMORGS into the augmented reality game world. ***

"Prosthetic Daughter" by Nin Harris —
A somber, far-future story of a far-flung humanity, all with cybernetic and bionic augmentations. It turns out, if you store your memories in the cloud, identity theft is somewhat more serious. ****

"How Bees Fly" by Simone
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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 ...more