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FICTION “The Weight of a Blessing” by Aliette de Bodard “The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution” by A.C. Wise “86, 87, 88, 89” by Genevieve Valentine NON-FICTION “Videodrome at Thirty” by Keith Phipps “Accepting a More Profitable Shoe: A Conversation with M. C. Planck” by Jeremy L. C. Jones “Another Word: Original Sin” by Alethea Kontis “Editor’s Desk: Forwards and Back FICTION “The Weight of a Blessing” by Aliette de Bodard “The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution” by A.C. Wise “86, 87, 88, 89” by Genevieve Valentine NON-FICTION “Videodrome at Thirty” by Keith Phipps “Accepting a More Profitable Shoe: A Conversation with M. C. Planck” by Jeremy L. C. Jones “Another Word: Original Sin” by Alethea Kontis “Editor’s Desk: Forwards and Backwards” by Neil Clarke


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FICTION “The Weight of a Blessing” by Aliette de Bodard “The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution” by A.C. Wise “86, 87, 88, 89” by Genevieve Valentine NON-FICTION “Videodrome at Thirty” by Keith Phipps “Accepting a More Profitable Shoe: A Conversation with M. C. Planck” by Jeremy L. C. Jones “Another Word: Original Sin” by Alethea Kontis “Editor’s Desk: Forwards and Back FICTION “The Weight of a Blessing” by Aliette de Bodard “The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution” by A.C. Wise “86, 87, 88, 89” by Genevieve Valentine NON-FICTION “Videodrome at Thirty” by Keith Phipps “Accepting a More Profitable Shoe: A Conversation with M. C. Planck” by Jeremy L. C. Jones “Another Word: Original Sin” by Alethea Kontis “Editor’s Desk: Forwards and Backwards” by Neil Clarke

30 review for Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 78

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    This is Science Fiction by Ms. Valentine. This issue features the following stories: "The Weight of a Blessing" by Aliette de Bodard "The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution" by A.C. Wise "86, 87, 88, 89" by Genevieve Valentine Non-fiction includes an interview with M. C. Planck, an article on Videodrome at Thirty by Keith Phipps, an Another Word column by Alethea Kontis and an editorial by Neil Clarke. This is Science Fiction by Ms. Valentine. This issue features the following stories: "The Weight of a Blessing" by Aliette de Bodard "The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution" by A.C. Wise "86, 87, 88, 89" by Genevieve Valentine Non-fiction includes an interview with M. C. Planck, an article on Videodrome at Thirty by Keith Phipps, an Another Word column by Alethea Kontis and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin (PT)

    Of the Xuya stories that I've read so far (which is far from a complete list) this is the story that bears the least resemblance to the others and feels the least connected, except by the tethers of race and culture and family and how those tethers can also become strangling vines. It also was the story I had the hardest time falling into, for the world to come into focus and for me to understand what the story was even about (I had not read the blurb beforehand). That being said, once the story Of the Xuya stories that I've read so far (which is far from a complete list) this is the story that bears the least resemblance to the others and feels the least connected, except by the tethers of race and culture and family and how those tethers can also become strangling vines. It also was the story I had the hardest time falling into, for the world to come into focus and for me to understand what the story was even about (I had not read the blurb beforehand). That being said, once the story solidifies, it's a breathtaking story; about conquest and the history books of the victors, of those who weren't the conquerors, trying to forge a viable future for themselves and for their children and the painful ghosts that come of that, of mothers and daughters. Though de Bodard is not from the U.S. and though these themes are and can be repeated across the planet's face (esp. given the U.S.'s propensity for interfering in world politics whether they're wanted or not), as someone from the U.S., it does speak so specifically and strongly of the world and politics surrounding me that it's like seeing a crime played out before me, one I'm helpless to intervene in or prevent. I can only watch it happen and bear witness.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The three short stories in this issue are by and about women. Woo-hoo! Not something you see every day. I've read two of Aliette de Bodard's stories before (nominations for the Hugo this year). The one presented here, "The Weight of a Blessing," I found much more moving than the other two. They all seem to be set in the same "universe" -- far future space colonies/galactic empire with mostly Asian characters. This one features a woman preparing for her daughter's permanent exile as sentence for The three short stories in this issue are by and about women. Woo-hoo! Not something you see every day. I've read two of Aliette de Bodard's stories before (nominations for the Hugo this year). The one presented here, "The Weight of a Blessing," I found much more moving than the other two. They all seem to be set in the same "universe" -- far future space colonies/galactic empire with mostly Asian characters. This one features a woman preparing for her daughter's permanent exile as sentence for protest/terrorism. "The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution" by A.C. Wise sadly contains no hot sexbot action... :) Not a bad story at all, really, though I expected some kind of twist at the end and there wasn't one. Unless I missed it... Terrorism is also at the heart of "86, 87, 88, 89" by Genevieve Valentine. The gov't has apparently made a first strike on "insurgents" in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, wiping out the whole neighborhood. The main character is among those hired by the City to sift through the rubble. The sense of 'something is very very wrong here' pervades this story. The non-fiction section features a story looking back at the movie Videodrome 30 years after the fact. I remember that movie and it was very strange. Also, I was happy to read an interview with M.C. Planck, whose first novel, The Kassa Gambit, is on my to-read list.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Short stories all seemed to be on the theme of controlling the politico-historical dialogue. The Weight of a Blessing by Aliette de Bodard - a mother visits her daughter before she's sentenced to deportation to another planet. Daughter is a 'terrorist' who caused a colonialist monument to display a truer attitude of the colonised toward the victors. The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution by A C Wise - Once sexbots were ubiquitous, then they were almost all gone. Many different versions o Short stories all seemed to be on the theme of controlling the politico-historical dialogue. The Weight of a Blessing by Aliette de Bodard - a mother visits her daughter before she's sentenced to deportation to another planet. Daughter is a 'terrorist' who caused a colonialist monument to display a truer attitude of the colonised toward the victors. The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution by A C Wise - Once sexbots were ubiquitous, then they were almost all gone. Many different versions of why are presented (I frowned and wondered how such disparate 'truths' could be given any credence in a technological world, but perhaps that was the point). 86, 87, 88, 89 by Genevieve Valentine - archivists collect any written evidence following an incident of domestic terrorism in a dictatorial New York. Videodrome at Thirty by Keith Phipps: talking about a movie I haven't seen. :) Accepting a More Profitable Shoe: A Conversation with M. C. Planck by Jeremy L C Jones: talking about a book I haven't read. :) Another Word: Original Sin by Alethea Kontis - discusses the softening of fairytales, and then current tastes in fantasy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Outis

    [the following was about The Weight of a Blessing by Aliette de Bodard which was subsequently merged into this Clarkesworld issue] An elegant and powerful story about despair, ignorance, resentment... and ancestor cults. It uncharacteristically made me grateful for Christianity (which stamped out this abomination in the Mediterranean). Other than that, it's a downer. Pretty much everyone is being despicable in this short. The central idea is brilliant even though it makes little sense (and why not? [the following was about The Weight of a Blessing by Aliette de Bodard which was subsequently merged into this Clarkesworld issue] An elegant and powerful story about despair, ignorance, resentment... and ancestor cults. It uncharacteristically made me grateful for Christianity (which stamped out this abomination in the Mediterranean). Other than that, it's a downer. Pretty much everyone is being despicable in this short. The central idea is brilliant even though it makes little sense (and why not? de Bodard writes fantasy after all). The way the dominant culture reacts to it is well-done (and laced with unsubtle irony) and the ending is awesome. The usual in media res is beautifully used for character building. In shorts, character development is always kind of artificial (if there is any) but your take on the characters can evolve. Storytelling win! PSA: an audio version (as well as the text) is available from Clarkesworld.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Expósito

    Una historia de diferencias culturales, ancestros, inmigrantes, nostalgia y relaciones entre madre e hija. Muy sólida, corta y entretenida. Quizá demasiado espiritual para una mente occidental, pero eso es lo que buscamos leyendo a Aliette, digo yo. ------------------------------------ Culture clash, ancestors, immigrants, nostalgia and mother-daughter relationships. A very short, solid and entertaining piece of fiction. Maybe a bit too much spiritual for a western mind, but that is what we try to Una historia de diferencias culturales, ancestros, inmigrantes, nostalgia y relaciones entre madre e hija. Muy sólida, corta y entretenida. Quizá demasiado espiritual para una mente occidental, pero eso es lo que buscamos leyendo a Aliette, digo yo. ------------------------------------ Culture clash, ancestors, immigrants, nostalgia and mother-daughter relationships. A very short, solid and entertaining piece of fiction. Maybe a bit too much spiritual for a western mind, but that is what we try to find in Aliette's words, isn't it?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    A.C. Wise's contribution saved this issue. The other two stories just couldn't interest me and the non fiction parts were decent reading material. Ill listen to the podcast contributions to see if I can garner interest but in this case I don't see it happening. A.C. Wise's contribution saved this issue. The other two stories just couldn't interest me and the non fiction parts were decent reading material. Ill listen to the podcast contributions to see if I can garner interest but in this case I don't see it happening.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Really heart-rending and interesting look at how different generations of a family deal with the trauma in their history. Minh Ha's difficulties in coming to terms with her daughter's actions and the imminent loss of her daughter were so moving. I loved it. Really heart-rending and interesting look at how different generations of a family deal with the trauma in their history. Minh Ha's difficulties in coming to terms with her daughter's actions and the imminent loss of her daughter were so moving. I loved it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emy

    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debod... Another story from de Bodard on integration. Her work is great for making me think, but again I want to know MORE about these characters! http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debod... Another story from de Bodard on integration. Her work is great for making me think, but again I want to know MORE about these characters!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Odo

    3.5/5.0

  11. 4 out of 5

    Livia

    Tre stelle per questa issue in generale, quattro per il racconto di Aliette de Bodard (che dire, un punto di partenza per leggere il resto della sua produzione ambientata in questo universo).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Titus Fortner

    None of these stories sparked my interest...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Damon Polich

    Again as always Clarkesworld picks some great stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really enjoyed A.C. Wise's "The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution". I really enjoyed A.C. Wise's "The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teresan

    Very well-done short story, about how each generation and each side struggles with the aftermath of conflict. You can read for free online here: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debod... Very well-done short story, about how each generation and each side struggles with the aftermath of conflict. You can read for free online here: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debod...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pexa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jm_oriol

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zachariah Carlson

  20. 4 out of 5

    chvang

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brightlord Brown

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hyde

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Ragi

  25. 4 out of 5

    Trish

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shoo

  27. 4 out of 5

    Morwen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nathalie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}

    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debod... http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debod...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tara

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