Dedicated to Jay Lake and Bronwyn Lake, E. Lily Yu looks at the painful issue of loss and bereavement through cancer, and how a unicorn in Central Park might offer a different resolution.
Jimmie and Morrie of Paranormal Services return to the pages of F&SF.
Raffalon the Thief returns to the pages of F&SF.
Hilil, named after her grandmother, is one of the finest twiners in her village…
Martin has to decide whether it is better to have no heart at all than having a broken heart, or, worse still, a dead heart.
The old trickster Nanbojou returns to the pages of F&SF, and finds that the titular Race Question isn’t (sadly) anything more than a question of black and white…
Curmudgeonly Greg has to use his way with words to bring annual accidents to an end…
A short look at scientific rigour – is having a rationalist approach to everything at risk of blocking out the possibility of something beyond what is scientifically observable and provable and replicable?
A spiritual successor to Terry Bisson’s ‘Bears Discover Fire’….
A ghost story set in England a century or so back, with the Royal Mail sending out an agent to discover just what exactly is happening to the deliveries in Binderwood…
Interesting world-building, which could stand more exploration.
Charming little story told by a boy in a near future, post-Greaning, who relates a visit from a Robot from the Future, in search of the fabled gas-o-line in order to return to it’s own time (in the far future).
Truth be told, it reads more like an Analog story than an Asimovs one to me.
A story that hinges on alien tech – a transportation slab that enables a copy of a person to be made on a matching slab at a remote location.
Scholz, Kritzer, and Birnbach the pick of the issue for me.
Another day(s) for Benjamin – what will tomorrow(s) hold for him??
Reed takes a different perspective on airplanes that go missing.
A first-published story, which bodes well for her writing future.
A political shit-storm back on Earth is echoed by what happens on the Red Planet, in a scientist fiction story featuring Julia and Viktor.
An elegiac tone throughout in a story crafted as carefully as a couture dress.
Three (ig)noble pioneers on a spaceship to Europa. Or not.