The protagonist clip-clops onto a Western set, and getting hisself a whisky at the bar, a-wonderin’ what role he has in the scenario, and indeed, just who he is.
A humorous look at escapology in the far future, with the Astoundio of the title upping the ante with fellow escapologists by escaping from beyond the event horizon of a black hole.
Cypess looks at a technological way in which the horrors of the past can be prevented from disappearing into the past, and from the denyers (deniers?) to rewrite that history.
It’s well told, fresh take on the trope of humans uploading to a virtual space upon death, with the final pages upping the ante, with believable characters and motivations, and more.
A cracker of a post-apocalypse story, with small groups of children hunkering down, fearing the moment when children become child-killers…
Well-written short-short in which a young refugee realises that in embracing her new life she must leave behind the ways of the past.
Stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Skillingstead, Gregory Norman Bossert, Leah Thomas, all good ones.
Another in Rusch’s ‘Diving’ series, with Captain Tory Sabin having some back-history, issues with high command, and a very personal reason for wanting to go to the rescue of The Ivoire.
The perils of xeno-(mis)-communication are explored
Plants that recite poems are the fantastical element to a story about a couple who see a gift of a plant/poem about them as a good portent for the future, but alas and alack love never runs true…
A neat update on Rendezvous With Rama.
A delicieuse yeastpunk story from Bossert. It’s inventive and clever, the characters are non-normative, and the ending rounds a great story off nicely.
Originally in The New Haven Review, a literary fiction magazine, and indeed this story has no sfnal or fantastic elements. But it’s a clever piece of fiction.
An excellent look at a near-future US where the economy and ecology have gone to pot, with many humans, flora and fauna paying the price. Nominee in the Novelette category.
Entertaining take on (ahem) relationships between humans and aliens, through the bond between a human and a female of the aquatic Carviv race, which have arrived on Earth.
Great story from Skillingstead. Revealing the story through a very sick man reflecting on an incident much earlier in his life,
The third story I’ve read by Clare, and she still hasn’t quite hit the mark for me. This is an ok story, but I do expect a bit more in Asimovs than simply ok.
Good to see a non-English story, but the main character does come across a tad Austin Powers and the story does itself feel like something from some decades ago.
A clever take on human’s uploading to a virtual state, leaving their physical bodies behind – not always easy as it’s been done often enough before.
Wowza, an issue bulging with 10 stories, with pretty much something for everyone. Van Aaron Hughes and Albert E. Cowdrey being my picks.
In the reign of Emperor Gaius Julius Caeser Augustus Germanicus, a hunter of escaped slaves finds he is more than met his match with a woman with strange powers.
Handled well with a viewpoint and characterisation that takes it beyond what could have been scientist fiction elsewhere.
The ruminations and reminisces of a man far older than he looks, and he ponders his mostly mis-spent youth, and his many loves, including one in particular that has led him to his current state of affairs.