Galaxy’s Edge: A Little Bit of Everything and Done Well

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36205-coverCarol Resnick no longer goes to science fiction movies with her husband, Mike. She can’t take his ranting. Mike Resnick is the editor of a new bi-monthly magazine, Galaxy’s Edge, but he has a long history with science fiction editing and publishing. Each issue of Galaxy’s Edge opens with an essay by Resnick, who doesn’t mince words. In the most recent issue, he asks, “How can big-budget science fiction films be so ambitious and so dumb at the same time, so filled with errors that no editor I’ve ever encountered (and that’s a lot of editors, including some incredibly lax ones) would let me get away with?”

Resnick’s essays are just one entertaining aspect of Galaxy’s Edge. The magazine is filled with classic works by well-known authors, captivating science fiction and fantasy published for the first time, guest essays, book reviews and serialized novels. On the surface, this mix of works in a science fiction and fantasy magazine is nothing new. But the surface is an illusion. Resnick has been around science fiction and fantasy for a long time. He knows where all the good older stories are hidden, and he seems to have access to amazing new authors who haven’t yet made a name for themselves. Reading an issue of Galaxy’s Edge is a three-hour adventure filled with unexpected wonders.

Nick T. Chan’s “Sisters” is a great example of a story that sticks with you. Resnick had judged “Sisters” for Writers of the Future. He tracked down Chan in Australia to secure the story’s first publication. “Sisters” is luminous fantasy with a touch of science fiction atop a solid tale of siblings who aren’t quite Siamese twins. One of the twins is a mage, and the other twin supplies the mage’s energy to do her magic. Trust me, it’s awesome.

Some of my favorite older works of fiction in Galaxy’s Edge include a reprint of Kij Johnson’s “Schrödinger’s Cathouse,” which is just what it sounds like and a classic. Michael F. Flynn’s “Buried Hopes” surprised me with the unglamorous account of an alien crew that accidentally crash-landed on Earth long ago. For a work of science fiction that manages to tie together wormhole communications, dentistry jokes and the eternal battles between certain types of editors and certain of the edited, I highly recommend Janis Ian’s “Correspondence With a Breeder.”

In the realm of Galaxy’s Edge non-fiction, my two favorite items were by Gregory Benford. “A Frozen Future: Cryonics as a Gamble” is a point-by-point essay about the realities and fictions that cryonics holds for current and future human populations. In “Leaping the Abyss: Stephen Hawking on Black Holes, Unified Field Theory, and Marilyn Monroe,” Benford writes about time spent with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University. Their conversation ranges over a great deal of territory including life, cosmology and science fiction. Benford’s observations are personal and poignant.

The next bi-monthly issue of Galaxy’s Edge will be available on November 1. You still have time to catch up on an old issue or two. Above, I chose my favorite pieces without regard to issue, but I ended up liking something about every issue. If you have to chose, I recommend Issue 4. If you don’t have to choose, then try a subscription. You’ll enjoy it.

Galaxy’s Edge is a bi-monthly (every two months) magazine published by Phoenix Pick, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Arc Manor, an award winning independent press based in Maryland. Each issue of the magazine has a mix of new and old (reprint) stories.

2 Responses to “Galaxy’s Edge: A Little Bit of Everything and Done Well”

  1. marcobadie says:

    Please, please,
    get me Asimov’s SF Magazine for sale!!! Barnes&Noble closed Fictionwise and now I am “obliged” to buy from Amazon! It’s abominable, atrocious…
    No cover, no table of contents, full of errors…
    Please, please, free me from Amazon!!!

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