The opening story from Rowe ends just when it’s getting going, and apart from that, only O’Connell provides anything that rises above the distinctly average.
Asimov’s Science Fiction is the magazine that consistently provides, IMHO, the best short SF available.
Stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kathleen Bartholomew and Kage Baker Gregory Norman Bossert, Suzanne Palmer, Kit Reed, Gwendolyn Clare. Reviews to follow.
Stories by Nick Wolven, Michael Bishop, Elizabeth Bear, Eneasz Brodski, Derek Kunsken, Leah Cypess
Robert Reed and Tim Sullivan bookend the issue with some strong SF.
Not the strongest Asimovs double-issue – Sellar, Bailey, DuBois tickling this reader’s fancy more than the bigger names (Kelly, Rusch, Steele).
Onyebuchi and Palwick the pick of the issue for me.
Pinsker and O’Connell leave the best of the issue to last.
Stories by Reed, Jablokov and McDonald the pick of the bunch for me.