Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 160
FICTION* I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter by ISABEL FALL* Monster by NAOMI KRITZER* The AI That Looked at the Sun by FILIP HAJDAR DRNOVŠEK ZORKO* The Last to Die by RITA CHANG-EPPIG* The Perfect Sail by I-HYEONG YUN, translated by ELISA SINN AND JUSTIN HOWE* The Ancestral Temple in a Box by CHEN QIUFAN, translated by EMILY JINNON-FICTION* Reshuffling Evolution by DOUGLAS F. DLUZEN* Charging A Brick Wall: A Conversation with Walter Jon Williams by ARLEY SORG* The Color of Nature: A Conversation with Victo Ngai by ARLEY SORG* Editor's Desk: A Bucket of Things by NEIL CLARKEPODCASTS* I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter by ISABEL FALL, read by KATE BAKERART* Zarrio by EDUARDO GARCÍA

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 160 Details

TitleClarkesworld Magazine, Issue 160
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 2020
PublisherWyrm Publishing
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 160 Review

  • Silvana
    January 1, 1970
    Reading it because of this: https://www.theguardian.com/books/202...So I finished it. The title sure is very catchy. I did not know there was a (derogatory) meme of it. It was okay. Maybe because I am not the target audience, so I did not fully get the story. It felt too simple as we were mostly in the head of the POV character where she (?) was philosophizing over gender. Some thoughts were well, thought-provoking but the whole action part was a bit off. Cool back story though with the post Reading it because of this: https://www.theguardian.com/books/202...So I finished it. The title sure is very catchy. I did not know there was a (derogatory) meme of it. It was okay. Maybe because I am not the target audience, so I did not fully get the story. It felt too simple as we were mostly in the head of the POV character where she (?) was philosophizing over gender. Some thoughts were well, thought-provoking but the whole action part was a bit off. Cool back story though with the post apocalyptic setting and AI stuff. All in all, combining with military SF element is appreciated but I would love to have more plot. At the end I was thinking, wait, that's it? I just got to know the character but what's the point of the action scene then? Why not just a soliloquy from the start to the end and some flashbacks in between?This quote got me thinking though:If gender has always been a construct, then why not construct a new one? Maybe I can now sexually identify as a fluffy orca. At least the marine society acknowledged my role. Isn't that how it works? Seriously, I am asking.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    The Isabel Fall story - It didn't do anything for me. Monster by Naomi Kritzer - I really liked this story. It was an interesting look at friendship, blind spots with people, and the characters were deeply relatable. The AI That Looked at the Sun by Filip Hajdar Drnovsek Zorko - Some interesting thoughts about AIThe Last to Die by Rita Chang-Eppig - I liked this story about the effects of cybernization of humansThe Perfect Sail by I-Hyeong Yun - DNF'dThe Ancestral Temple in a Box by Chien Qiufan The Isabel Fall story - It didn't do anything for me. Monster by Naomi Kritzer - I really liked this story. It was an interesting look at friendship, blind spots with people, and the characters were deeply relatable. The AI That Looked at the Sun by Filip Hajdar Drnovsek Zorko - Some interesting thoughts about AIThe Last to Die by Rita Chang-Eppig - I liked this story about the effects of cybernization of humansThe Perfect Sail by I-Hyeong Yun - DNF'dThe Ancestral Temple in a Box by Chien Qiufan - Quifan is becoming a name I recognize and his stories seem to deliver. I liked this mix of conservatism with new technologies in a story about a son taking over his father's word-working company after his father's death. I did not read the nonfiction.
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  • rixx
    January 1, 1970
    "I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter" is just very, very good. You are cringing from the title? Good, works as intended. This piece is really good scifi – and not transphobic in the least, spiting quite literally the title. Read it here: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/fall_...
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  • G33z3r
    January 1, 1970
    A very enjoyable issue."Monster" by Naomi KritzerKritzer writes a nice, tense thriller starting with a woman visiting China looking for her old high school friend, for reasons that slowly become apparent as she relates their history as well as her sampling of Chinese culture. "I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter" by Isabel FallInteresting story, not as flip as the title makes it sound. Future dystopia of wars run by AIs and combatants so groomed into their neuro-linked roles the combat A very enjoyable issue."Monster" by Naomi KritzerKritzer writes a nice, tense thriller starting with a woman visiting China looking for her old high school friend, for reasons that slowly become apparent as she relates their history as well as her sampling of Chinese culture. "I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter" by Isabel FallInteresting story, not as flip as the title makes it sound. Future dystopia of wars run by AIs and combatants so groomed into their neuro-linked roles the combat role becomes their identity. Thought provoking."The AI That Looked at the Sun" by Filip Hajdar Drnovšek ZorkoAn AI becomes sentient story, this one on a space station tasked with solar observation. Nice enough read."The Last to Die" by Rita Chang-EppigThe existence of the first generation to live forever logically implies there is a last generation to die. Disappointingly, this story isn't as interesting as that simple observation."The Ancestral Temple in a Box" by Chen Qiufan, translated by Emily JinThis seemed a rather long walk through the AI vs Human creativity trope, only to conclude they aught to work together in harmony. Especially since the author can't actually envision the hyperdimensional result revealed in VR other than to assert it's amazing.
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