Interchange by Gary Kloster is published in Clarkesworld’s January 2017 124 Issue Summary: Workers are building a highway interchange in an anti-time dome. They work for 6 months and not a minute change outside. Meanwhile the doctor has an android assistant which is identical to her late husband. But you know what they say, when you play with time… Pros: + A unique story. Usually we manipulate time in stories the other way around. But in this story is in reverse. Moreover, the plot evolves into a suspenseful mystery. + The android. The android’s point of view also helps us to look at more sides of the other characters. Cons: – Some of the characters emotions seem too extreme, a background story would be useful.(Like the doctor’s) – Doesn’t the ending create a time paradox?
“There Used to Be Olive Trees” by Rich Larson is published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction‘s January/February 2017 issue Summary: In post-apocalyptic Spain, our hero is trying to prove his town that is a prophet. And by prophet we mean being able to speak to the AI gods with the means of a rare artificial implant. To do that he escapes the town’s fortress but he faces a dangerous wilder. Another man who is trying to save his people. Remarks: Pros: + Great world-building. We see an after world with two different types of human towns and also the AIs. + Concise dialogue between the characters, resulting to an unexpected bonding. + The action, described in a great way holding you at the edge of your chair. Cons: – The story ends suddenly. Would like to see the consequences of their decisions.
A review for “Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities” by Lettie Prell published and narrated in Clarkesworld’s January 2016 issue Summary: Cole is ready to face the justice system for the crimes that he committed. As he is entering the court room he will travel through various parallel worlds with their own unique justice systems. Pros: + Some very interesting ideas on justice + humor + feels like a twilight story Cons: – A simple demonstration of lots of justice systems.
This is the review for “Blood Mangoes” by Ashok Banker, published in Nightmare Magazine’s January 2017 Issue. Summary: Shanti dreams of tasting the expensive and sweet Alphonso Mangoes. So she makes a deal with the devil. She knows there is a price for making deals with the Devi and she is ready to pay it. But the repercussions soon get out of control. Pros: + The sinister atmosphere. + The build up. + The vivid descriptions and the lore. Cons: – Some of the descriptions might be too graphic for some readers. You can read the story here.
This is the review for “Redcap” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Nightmare Magazine’s January 2017 Issue. Summary: Violet is the youngest of three sisters and she is trusted to take care of the sheep. Her sisters warn her daily about the dangers lurking outside the house, and as these things go, one day she meets one of them. Pros: + The fairytale/folktale atmosphere. + The vivid descriptions and the lore. Cons: – The self-referential ending made the story blow out a bit. You can read the story here
The short story “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is published in January 2017 Clarkesworld’s issue. Not to for the faint-hearted vegans. A one woman company creates fake stakes. A man blackmails her into forging a whole steak. Fortunately, an assistant comes to the rescue. Pros: + Kate Baker’s narration. She seems to really enjoy reading this, and gives life to the dialogue Cons: – Dialogue seems unnatural along with the rest text at some times.
The Ghost Ship Anastasia by Rich Larson was published in January 2017’s Clarkesworld issue. Summary: An action packed mystery story about a space crew (including one sister who is physically dead) following the distress call received by a bioship. Its A.I. seems to have taken the ship over and its occupants are missing apart from one. Pros: + Action thriller packed. + Emotional because of the dead sister + Great ending Cons: + It’s not explained why the sister’s consciousness will deteriorate after a few hours in the spacesuit. Why does it fit in there at the first place?