Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Clarkesworld Magazine

A Man Out of Fashion by Chen Qiufan  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF Hibernation) Du Ruofei sleeps until the future can heal his rare disorder. At first he really likes it, but the more he learns about 2322, the more uneasy he gets.
A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Chinese SF) A blackmailer forces Helena to make entire fake steaks for him or else he’ll tell the authorities about her business printing fake beef for shady restaurants. She’s never tried to make a whole steak though.
An Account of the Sky Whales by A Que  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(Planetary Adventure) Azuki travels to Goliath to bring the ashes of his dead girlfriend home. Exporting human remains is illegal, so he gets help from some poachers.
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An Age of Ice by Zhang Ran  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 130
(SF) Feng Su wakes up after 40 years of hibernation, but things aren’t exactly what she expected.
Antarctic Birds by A. Brym1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(SF) Nick and Charlie live in Antarctica where the alien “Masters” are engineering improved forms of humanity.
Assassins by Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Virtual Reality) Sonia used to be a fan of the <i>Labyrinthiad</i> until they killed off her favorite character. Now she sneaks online and kills other people’s favorites.
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Baroness by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 128
(Planetary Exploration) In the methane oceans of Titan, Bishop and her crew try to figure out what happened to another ship which seems to have been crushed by a giant alien vessel.
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Conglomerate by Robert Brice1  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 127
(Far-Future SF) A group of uploaded intelligences on a space probe debates how to handle the discovery of a habitable planet.
Crossing LaSalle by Lettie Prell  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 135
(Near-Future SF) Mara desperately wants to join the Newbodies, but they put her on the waiting list. There’s got to be another way in . . .
Crown of Thorns by Octavia Cade  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(Post-Apocalypse) In a remote scientific outpost , Andrew and his wife survived the plague that killed most of the world. Now they have to decide whether to join other survivors.
Darkness, Our Mother by Eleanna Castroianni1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 135
(Surreal SF) A priesthood of mathematicians has kept the planet Cemar safe, but things have been safe for so long that some people think the priestesses themselves are the bigger danger.
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Dead Heroes by Mike Buckley  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 134
(SF Horror) A community of survivors waits in an abandoned stadium surrounded by a giant forest that slowly sucks their memories away, but they still remember the soldiers who are fighting for them.
(Near-Future SF) Chromium Jim and Babe work their way north to Alaska by winning rocket-powered drag races along the way.
Fool's Cap by Andy Dudak  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(SF) Hunting an ex-ruler who committed genocide, Beadith ends up stranded on an island with him and a strange psychoactive moss.
Goodnight, Melancholy by Xia Jia  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(AI) The narrator’s therapy includes some cute little robots that help cheer her up.
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How Bees Fly by Simone Heller1  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Post-Apocalypse) Just before a chemstorm strikes, Salpe encounters two demons between her community and the bee hives. They don’t act like the demons in the stories, though.
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In the Blind by Sunny Moraine  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF) Two survivors on a space station try to figure out why Earth has stopped communicating.
Interchange by Gary Kloster  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Near-Future SF) Inside a reverse stasis bubble, a work crew can take six months to build a new interchange while no time passes outside. No one’s quite sure what can happen if something goes wrong, though.
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Intro to Prom by Genevieve Valentine  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 133
(Post Apocalypse) The four teens are the last people left in their town, and they hold a prom night every few days—while trying to ignore that crack in the sky.
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(Alternate Reality) As Cole awaits sentencing, his mind visits parallel worlds with very different rules for crime and punishment.
Landmark by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 135
(Surreal SF) In which we learn that even in the very far future, long-distance relationships are hard to maintain.
Last Chance by Nicole Kornher-Stace  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 130
(Post-Apocalypse) Even though she’s just a little girl, Aneko keeps looking for a way to escape the slavers who ambushed her mother’s coach and captured her.
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(Android SF) Robot goes through rigorous training to fight assassins.
Little /^^^\&- by Eric Schwitzgebel  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(Epic SF) An alien intelligence, exiled to our solar system, passes the time by interacting with the Earth.
Milla by Lorenzo Crescentini2 and Emanuela Valentini1  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(SF) As Marek surveys Shiva, the most Earth-like planet yet discovered, he chats with an AI named “Milla,” the sole survivor of a long vanished civilization.
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Mรถbius Continuum by Gu Shi  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(SF) The narrator suffers a near-fatal car accident, but new technology lets him be productive again.
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(Near-Future SF) Elspeth offers body mods from traditional tattoos all the way to high-tech things with active programming. A mystery girl with special requests turns her world upside down.
Neptune's Trident by Nina Allan  Time: 46m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(Post-Apocalypse) The world is gradually being destroyed by what seems like an alien plague that attacks people and software alike. Caitlin lives in a seaside Scottish town, nursing her dying lover.
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Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics by Jess Barber and Sara Saab  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(Climate SF) This story follows Amir and Mani’s careers starting when they’re teenagers in water-starved Beirut.
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Prasetyo Plastics by D.A. Xiaolin Spires1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 134
(Hard SF) In which the end of the world is brought to you by plastics.
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Prosthetic Daughter by Nin Harris  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Transhuman) Zhen-Juan suffered a data theft that not only stole her memories, it stole everyone else’s memories of her too.
Rain Ship by Chi Hui  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Post-Human) Jin is a mercenary hired to protect archeologists investigating an ancient ship built by the extinct human race.
Real Ghosts by J.B. Park  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(Near-Future SF) At the end of his life, Maury Hong considers making an “image” of himself so his friends and relatives can still talk to him after he’s gone.
Retrieval by Suzanne Walker1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 134
(SF Adventure) Riva vows to find the spirit of his dead father, lost in space somewhere, and lay him to rest on their home planet with the gods of their ancestors.
Reversion by Nin Harris  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF) Expelled from Tortz and separated from her alien lover, Askriti has fled to her homeworld, where she has to submit to a ceremony before they’ll consider her human again.
(Far-Future SF) An uplifted octopus finds a mysterious capsule in the water and wonders if one of the long-vanished humans might be inside it.
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Streams and Mountains by Nick Wolven  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 128
(Near-Future SF) A “sasquatch” is pregnant, and that’s a big problem.
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Sunwake, in the Lands of Teeth by Juliette Wade  Time: 1h:12m (Novella)  IssueClarkesworld 127
(SF) Liaison Rulii must travel into a war zone to find a missing human linguist whom his king wants to meet in just three days.
The Bridgegroom by Bo Balder  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 130
(Post-Apocalypse) Alois wants to go back to the university—not spend the rest of his life guarding an old bridge. Even if it does talk to him about the world before the collapse.
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The Catalog of Virgins by Nicoletta Vallorani  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 134
(SF Horror) As Nigredo, discovered observing, flees from a torture chamber, we learn about girls who were sold to men who tortured them to death.
The Ghost Ship Anastasia by Rich Larson  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Hard SF) Things look bad for the repair crew, come to fix an unresponsive space ship. Their AI expert is all doped up, mourning his sister who died in transit, and the AI isn’t broken—it’s insane.
(SF Horror) Meant to clear plastic from the sea, the artificial “squids” have put the oceans off-limits to humanity. Not everyone takes that lying down.
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(Generation Ship) Captain Yรกnnis needs to get the ship moving again, and then God gives him a message.
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The Person Who Saw Cetus by Tang Fei  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 128
(SF) Lillian grew up poor, but soon she’ll be one of the first astronauts to traverse a wormhole. Memories of her father keep haunting her, though.
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The Psychology Game by Xia Jia  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 133
(Near-Future SF) A TV show features a person and a therapist, and the audience tries to guess whether the therapist is human or an AI.
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The Rains on Mars by Natalia Theodoridou  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 135
(SF Adventure) Mac’s team drills tunnels that will connect the big Martian bases together. He came to Mars to run away from his problems on Earth, but some problems come with you.
The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales by Fei Dao  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 127
(Fairy Tale) The king programs a robot to lie even more than he does, hoping to change his reputation as the biggest liar in the kingdom.
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The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(SF Adventure) The ship hadn’t activated Bot 9 in a long time—it’s an unstable model—but in a desperate situation it needs all its resources. And how much trouble can it get into hunting down a rat?
The Significance of Significance by Robert Reed  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 130
(SF) A young woman reacts to the news that our universe is just a simulation by making wild choices that her family has to deal with.
The Stone Weta by Octavia Cade  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(Hard SF) An international conspiracy of scientists struggles to save climate data from governments trying to hide or falsify it.
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The Sum of Her Expectations by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 133
(SF Adventure) A tractor beam crashes Amrita on a forbidden planet that she just <i>had</i> to check out. Since no one is supposed to get close to it, she may have a long wait.
The Ways Out by Sam J. Miller  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(Mutants) A government agent secretly watches Ryx (age 10) and Hector (age 19) because they both have dangerous “variant” abilities.
Travelers by Rich Larson  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 130
(SF) The starship wakes her up 32 years too soon, and the only other person awake is a really strange guy.
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Twisted Knots by D.A. Xiaolin Spires1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF) With her knowledge of topology, Lilian uses lasers to make vat-grown meat look real. Then one day her design is so intricate that it causes the meat to become sentient.
Two Ways of Living by Robert Reed  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(Near-Future SF) Each sleep takes Artemus two years closer to his goal, but he wakes up weak and starving after each one, and he doesn’t need nosey neighbors bothering him while he recovers.
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(Apocalyptic) The narrator wants to spend the last hours before the asteroid strike with her parents, but she runs out of gas in the middle of South Dakota.
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We Who Live in the Heart by Kelly Robson  Time: 49m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 128
(Colony SF) People who don’t like living underground in the colony can live inside giant “whales” that float high in the planet’s atmosphere. That’s usually pretty safe.
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Who Won the Battle of Arsia Mons? by Sue Burke  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 134
(Military SF) Four international teams develop combat robots to stage a fight on Mars—televised live, of course.

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