The underlying theme of this month’s issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is the beautiful usage of language to create engaging, almost magical scenes within each of these vastly different science fiction and fantasy landscapes. You’ve got deep space, a church, an ice planet, 12th century England, and a hospital wing. They’re all uniquely positioned to tell their stories with ease – definitely a great read.
The Veilonaut’s Dream
A beautiful story that weaves through the distant mysteries of space, contemplating the impossible depths of the universe and the existence of life beyond our tiny stake in the ground. It’s part space exploration, part terror, leaving you a bit dizzy as your imagination tries to keep up with the originality of so many landscapes. Read review.
The Anchorite Wakes
There’s so much originality written into every corner of this little world. It’s effortless storytelling, rendered in beautiful imagery and layered characters who delicately reveal their true purpose in the greater scheme of a warring universe. Read review.
Kingfisher is a puzzle, requiring you to search between the words to understand the man spending eternity to find his lost love. During his search, we see a robust world filled with endless ice, a city the size of a world, and alien races all commingling in this strange setting. It’s a tale about obsession and how it can lead your life down confusing paths. Read review.
The Privilege of the Happy Ending
This fairy tale alternate history sees a 12th century England ravaged by monsters, following a small girl and her magical chicken as they outrun the hordes of beasts laying waste to their home. It’s masterfully written, using the fairy tale form flawlessly, with the uniquely witty addition of an omnipotent narrator who comments on the pitfalls of reader’s expectations and the stories that don’t always have a happy ending. Read review.
The Loneliest Ward
A critique on a social-media-obsessed world, showing the ignorance and lack of compassion from those entranced by the minute details of online presence. Coupled with a disease whose cure is a constant barrage of compliments and positive encouragement through mental stimulation, it’s a jarring look at the downward-trending mindsets of the collective consciousness due to our obsession with minute-by-minute updates and the need to be ‘liked.’ Read review.
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