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Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 31, March 2018 by Mike Resnick
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An uneven issue of the Resnick’s sci-fi prozine, with a few (flawed) diamonds in the 9-story rough:
The best story is “Perfect Little Boy” by John Lasser, about an android “replacement” child whose mother persists in the delusion that he is a real boy. The boy (serial number CH0008) is part of a clandestine operation called Project Switzerland, and part of his mission is to spy on his mother, a judge, and report back to his handlers. The Project has big plans for CH0008, but part of him just wants to keep being his mommy’s perfect little boy. Lasser does a nice job of setting up the story’s final dilemma, so that we know it could go either way. A very OG Twilight Zone kind of story.
One type of story we often find in Galaxy’s Edge is the sort of “juvenile adult” humor pieces that sometimes characterize its editor’s own fiction. There are three such tales are in this issue; two are forgettable (one I couldn’t even finish), but Brennan Harvey’s “You Get Hit and Your Moose Goes Ping” works in spite of its utterly silly, hard-to-swallow premise: a time-travelling conservationist pilots a biomechanical moose, swapping places with a present-day Eastern Moose so his compatriots in the future can harvest its sperm and bring the species back from extinction. Things get complicated when a hunter starts taking shots at him. It’s mostly enjoyable, even if the “ironic” ending falls flat.
Robert Jeschonek’s space opera “The Stars So Black, The Space So White” gets off to a promising start, but as it careens toward its finale it becomes clear Jeschonek had too many balls in the air and everything starts to feel rushed and contrived. Still, the story has an imaginative setting and it could have worked better as a longer piece.
I also enjoyed “Death Rides Shotgun” by Michael Haynes, a sort of fantasy dramedy about a man on his way to see his new granddaughter for the first time, whose trip becomes a little more urgent when Death suddenly appears in the passenger seat.
The other five stories are various shades of meh.
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