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THE EDITOR’S WORD by Lezli Robyn

The 54th issue of Galaxy’s Edge rings in the New Year for our readers, and also ends our ninth year of publication! We are thrilled with all the amazing authors our magazine has featured over that time, and this issue is no different. We start off 2022 with Jean Marie Ward interviewing John Scalzi. In fact, not only was the interview so captivating, but it had so much substance we’ve had to split their conversation into two issues!

Jean Marie Ward also joined the magazine’s publisher, Shahid Mahmud, and myself at Discon III. Not only did we line up many of the interviews for the upcoming year at Worldcon, and hire a new columnist for the magazine (to be revealed in due time!), but we also had the joy of being able to spend time with our writers at our booth in the Dealers room. Fulvio Gatti (published in our last issue) came all the way from Italy with his lovely wife, and it was an absolute pleasure being able to witness his excitement at seeing his name on the cover for the first time in person. It is encounters like this that remind us how important those first fiction sales are for new authors.

In this issue, we also have the first and second runner up stories for The 2021 Mike Resnick Memorial Award. “Hive at a Dead Star” by Lucas Carroll-Garrett tells the tale of what happens to an advanced alien race when the light of the last star dies out. How do they survive? One of our judges said this hard science fiction story is very much an Analog piece, and I can’t disagree with that praise. It is almost like an out of body experience just to read the story. “Echoes of Gliese” by New Zealander Christopher Henckel is also a hard science fiction story, but one that tackles the complexities of Euthanasia with extreme sensitivity. What happens when a new sentient starship is born with a severe medical condition? The human captain doesn’t want his starship to lose a child, just like he had, and when past and present events collide in a story dealing with a parent’s undying love for their child, I have no doubt this piece will bring our readers to tears.

Mica Scotti Kole returns to our pages with a short but impactful piece about an arborist hired to assess the mutation of a very magical tree in “As Old as He is Young,” and Edward M. Lerner’s “Relatively Speaking” explores how space travel employing one of Einstein’s most well-known theories can impact a set of twins. Precious contributor, Effie Seiberg will also delight readers with the totally relatable yet unexpected “Worrywort,” about a monster hunter who suffers from severe anxiety. What happens when your fairy godfather’s gift at birth to remove that anxiety backfires, leaving you with a mouthy little critter that only you can see, but continuously spews all your inner fears? You find out that the true monsters of this world are not who you believed them to be.

The final original story in this issue is “Brock’s Grotesquery,” by Galen Westlake. What happens when a new neighbor and her bothersome cats moves into Brock’s street, yet he has a clan of historical gargoyles guarding his house? How the neighborly spat escalates will delight many a reader—and make us wish for magical gargoyles of our own!

Along with a rather unique recommendation by Yang Feng, reprint fiction by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick and Robert Silverberg, Recommended Books by Richard Chwedyk, and regular columns by L. Penelope and Gregory Benford, this issue is rounded out with the continued serialization of Harry Turtledove’s novel, Over the Wine-Dark Sea.

I think everyone can agree that last year was a hard year for everyone, with the debilitating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. All of us at Galaxy’s Edge wish our readers a much better—and healthier—2022, filled with many delightful science fiction and fantasy stories to distract and ease the burdens of every day life.