Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 96 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #96) by Neil Clarke

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 96 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #96)

FICTION“Weather” by Susan Palwick“Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points” by JY Yang“Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy” by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu“Falling Star” by Brendan DuBois“Her Furry Face” by Leigh Kennedy“Giants” by Peter WattsNON-FICTION“Flash Gordon, Cardboard Space Stations, and Zero Gravity Sex: Why Science Fiction Isn’t Always to Blame” by Mark Cole“Consciousness...

Details Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 96 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #96)

TitleClarkesworld Magazine, Issue 96 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #96)
Release DateSep 4th, 2014
PublisherWyrm Publishing
GenreScience Fiction

Reviews Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 96 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #96)

  • Bradley
    Disclaimer: I'm not reading all the stories in this issue, only Peter Watts' Giants.Giants concludes the 4 story Sunflower Cycle. Suffice to say, it rocks. A black hole drive, an AI that shouldn't be smarter than the meat inside it, unfathomable stretches of time, exploration, surprises, manipulation and murder. And that's just an appetizer. Peter Watts has serious writing chops. It's clear as hell hard-hard SF and yet it's characters are still a...
  • Althea Ann
    Interesting story involving a crisis during a deep-space mission. A little slow to start, but ended up with some unexpected and original content, especially regarding the nature of human/A.I. interactions. Nicely captures the isolation and uncertainty of space.
  • Claudia
    “Giants” by Peter WattsPart of the Sunflower cycle, to be read last of the four stories available so far in this universe.Publication order is: The Island (2009) - Winner of Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2010 -, Hotshot (2014), Giants (2014) and The Freeze-Frame Revolution (June 2018). Best to be read in this order: Hotshot, The Freeze-Frame Revolution , The Island, Giants. It will not answer all your questions, but it will bring some l...
  • Anna Nesterovich
    The only thing I read in this collection is Giants by Peter Watts; and it's the only thing I'm rating. I have no idea about the rest of the stories in the magazine, but this particular one is brilliant.
  • osoi
    Даже скрывать не буду – запала на название. Искала рассказ про AI, и совершенно случайно зацепилась за этот взглядом. И влюбилась. Заглавная мелодия вроде и недоступна моему восприятию, но едва ощутимо шелестит где-то на периферии. Хочется ухватит...
  • Sidsel Pedersen
    (view spoiler)[It is a story set in a near future world about a couple who have lost a child and whose friend is just about to lose his daughter. The couple are not dealing well with the loose. It is clear that they don't really see eye to eye on what to think about the death. Our POW character would rather not talk about it while his wife needs to. In this near future setting the dead can be uploaded and live on as computer entities. The couple ...
  • Dione Basseri
    Did I miss something here? I don't know, maybe. It's disappointing, after "The Island." This is not a battle between woman and machine, but woman and son, which has potential, but the stakes are so much lower. I couldn't get into it.Available as a free audio production from the StarShipSofa.Merged review:I run across a lot of mind-scan stories, where humanity has taken to making digital copies of their memories and personality, to be us...
  • Amy
    Original fiction:"Weather" by Susan Palwick - Can the ghosts of the dead talk to their living loved ones through the internet? Is it for real? Gutwrenching either way, when you've lost someone."Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points" by JY Yang - an AI seeks revenge for the death of its creator. Also resonated with me."Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy" by Xia Jia - first of Clarkesworld's new line of translated ...
  • Mitch
    4.5 stars. This should be read after The Island or the reader will lose some of the context of the story. This unfolds much like The Island with another nice twist at the end. It isn't quite as good as its predecessor, but still a great read. The problem I have is it leaves me wanting a lot more of this universe. It is just a huge lump of potential that screams standalone novel or a trilogy.
  • Kinsey_m
    Interesting scifi short about a deep space mission. Lots of tension and very visual description. However I often had a problem figuring out wich of the 2 characters was saying which line, and I felt the final conclusion/underlying issue needed a bit more work.
  • Daniel
    This was a decent issue, but I particularly enjoyed the translation of "Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy". So very happy that Clarkesworld is regularly doing these translations and glad to support that.
  • Tom Tresansky
    Watts needs to write about a few hundred more novellas in this universe - it is absolutely a perfect showcase for his talents.Borderline 5 stars.
  • Darryl Champagne
    Available from Peter's website, in the backlist section, a link to
  • Yossarianxxi
    Wish you could give 1/2 stars.