Hang a left after Neptune…

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 85 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #85)Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 85 by Neil Clarke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

THE SYMPHONY OF ICE AND DUST, JULIE NOVAKOVA, ~18 p., ★★★☆☆

It’s going to be the greatest symphony anyone has ever composed,” said Jurriaan.

A story within a story. Exploration and discovery at the edge of our solar system. It was ok. I learning something about Neptune and trans-Neptunian objects.

The narration framing the actual story was not very satisfying. The character set-up and the symphony idea sounded interesting, but were so perfunctory, they were barely more than a plot bunny. I liked the story at the core of this.

Nerds-R-Us: I think it hasn‘t been determined yet, if Sedna is in fact a dwarf planet. And if you were wondering, MITEE stands for Miniature Reactor Engine.

Can be read for free here: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/novak…

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Is it really luminous?

The Incal Vol. 2: The Luminous IncalThe Incal Vol. 2: The Luminous Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I might have read this volume before, 30 or so years ago. I didn’t think so, but there were some panels that felt very familiar. Also, many of the images ring a bell. Perhaps because many of them have inspired other works…?

Crazy, contrasting colours on the same page. The artwork at times looks dated and then again amazing, flat and then dynamic.

Women are mostly bimbos in this, which is a bit annoying. Definitely not passing the Bechdel test. I am willing to cut it some slack, considering it was first published in 1982.

John DiFool does not make much of an impact. He is in the sidelines for much of it and when he does become involved, he is little more than a hand puppet.

Bottom line I am undecided if I really like it and if I think it‘s meh or genius. 3.75 wishy-washy stars…