A strong issue with good stories from vets like Greg Egan and Robert Reed, as well as the newer writers.
Strong stories by Small, McDonald and Wilber..
Stories from Brenda Cooper, Sean Monaghan, Jim Grimsley, Jason Sanford, Sam J. Miller, Vylar Kaftan, Peter Wood, with Miller and Sanford the pick of the issue for me.
A strong issue with lots of stories to like.
Several good stories, with Derek Kunsken the pick of the ish for me.
Wexler, Naylor and Das the pick of the issue for me.
There’s a lot in this double issue, although the more substantial stories don’t quite do it for me.
Suzanne Palmer starts the issue off with a strong story (overcoming the handicap of not having the first page of the story printed!)
Stories by Nick Wolven, Eneasz Brodski, and Derek Kunsken the pick for me.
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.
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.
Book-ended by stories at the beginning and end of the volume which I enjoyed, but with the rest of the issue not doing as much for me.
Double issue with names Big and Little, and William Preston, Michael Swanwick and Joe M. McDermott the pick of the issue.
Not a particularly strong issue, with only the Cat Rambo likely to stick in the mind.
A strong issue with Maurice Broaddus, Maggie Shen King, and Sarah Pinsker my picks.
Stories this month from : de Bodard, Collins, Kress, McHugh, Jablonksy, Tem, with Collins and Jablonsky the pick of the bunch.
After a couple of weak opening stories, the issue gathers momentum to become an excellent final issue for 2013. Shame about the cover.
A bumper double-issue offering ‘a mix of terrifying chills and SF thrills’ : exactly what you want on a muggy mid-August evening. Gregory Frost and Igor Teper the pick of an otherwise average bunch for me..
Drop-dead gorgeous cover by Kinuko Craft, and the pick of the stories from Ian R. MacLeod and Benjamin Crowell.
Stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Gwendolyn Clare, Jack Skillingstead, Gregory Norman Bossert, Leah Thomas, all good ones.
Vaughn, Rucker and Di Filippo, Schwartz, and Rick Wilber the pick of the issue.
Stories by Robert Reed, G. David Nordley, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Eric Del Carlo, Megan Arkenberg. A fairly weak issue, truth be told, with Reed taking up a lot of space, but to slightly less than usual effect.
A bit of a curate’s egg of an issue – good in parts, less so in others – stories by Neal Asher, Joel Richards, Colin P. Davies, Alan Wall, Tom Purdon, Linda Nagata, Karl Bunker, Naomi Kritzer, Leah Cypess, Ken Liu.
Stories by William Preston, Dale Bailey, Robert Reed, Chris Willrich, Matthew Johnson, Suzanne Palmer.
Wowza – a double issue that’s an issue and a half – enough excellent SF to keep everyone happy.
Stories by Indrapramit Das, Jason Sanford, Theodora Goss, Ian Creasey, Ted Reynolds, Aliette de Bodard, Bruce McAllister, Gord Sellar. Some strong, some good, some weak. Read the review to find out which is which!
Stories by Neal Asher, Joel Richards, Colin P. Davis, Alan Wall, Tom Purdom, Linda Nagata, Karl Bunker, Naomi Krtizer, Leah Cypess, Ken Liu.
Stories this month by Alexander Jablokov, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jason Sanford, Garrett Ashely, Lavie Tidhar, Michael Cassutt.
Stories this month by Vylar Kaftan, Matthew Hughes, David Erik Nelson, M. Bennardo, Robert Reed, John Chu.
Stories this month by Alaya Dawn Johnson, Will McIntosh, Kit Reed, Suzanne Palmer, James van Pelt, Nancy Kress.
Stories by Steven Popkes, Ken Liu, Chris Beckett, Mike Resnick, Sandra McDonald, Robert Reed.
A good issue, with Lindholm and Reed the pick for me.
Excellent issue with stories by Mercurio D. Rivera, Will McIntosh, Megan Arkenberg, Jack McDevitt, Alan DeNiro, Kali Wallace, Bruce McAllister, and Bud Sparhawk all good ‘uns.
Strong issue with Carol Emshwiller and David Ira Cleary the pick for me (the latter striking a chord with this old punk).
Stories by Derek Kunsken, Benjamin Crowell, Tom Purdom, Leah Cypress, James Van Pelt, Joel Richards, with Richards and Kunsken the pick of the ish.
A good issue, with Reed the pick of the bunch.
A couple of strong stories, a couple of weaker ones.
Not a classic issue, even Connie Willis failed to tickle my fancy this issue.
An excellent issue, Chapman, Mirabelli and Johnson the pick of a fine crop.
Stories by Robert Silverberg, Melanie Tem, Lisa Goldstein, Philip Brewer, Michael Swanwick, Will Ludwigsen, Zachary Jernigan, and a good range of stories.
Stories by Chris Beckett, Paul Cornell, Theodora Goss, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Norman Spinrad, Josh Roseman, Leah Cypess, Bruce McAllister. Some good stories in here, but not a standout issue.
Stories by Mary Robinette Kowal, Ian R. MacLeod, Carol Emshwiller, Alan DeNiro, Felicity Shoulders, Colin P. Davies, with MacLeod, Shoulders and DeNiro the pick of the bunch.
Bumper double-issue full of big name SF writers. And Nick Mamatas. A very strong double issue.
Stories by John Kessel, Ian Creasey, Steve Bein, Robert Reed, Neal Barrett Jr., An Owomoyela, Nancy Fulda, Nick Wolven. A strong issue, with a good range of inventive stories.
Stories by Paul McAuley, David Ira Cleary, Sara Genge, Jeff Carlson, Aliette de Bodard, Tim McDaniel, Bill Pronzini & Barry N. Malzberg, and some very good ones amongst them.
A fairly routine issue, with stories by : Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Chris Beckett, Elizabeth Bear, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ian McHugh, Gwendolyn Clare.
Emshwiller and Genge the pick of the bunch, but not a vintage bunch.
A nicely balanced issue.
Stories by Geoffrey A. Landis, Nancy Fulda, Benjamin Crowell, Mary Robinette Kowal, with Mirabelli the pick of a bunch in an issue which doesn’t quite hit the heights.
Not the strongest issue, with Bossert’s story the pick of bunch.
A bit of a curate’s egg of an issue.
A bit of a deja vu feeling with the opening and closing stories, with two experienced writers re-treading footprints into the sfnal regolith, with the other stories being good without being great.
Some very solid SF in here, without it being one of the classic double-issues that Asimovs comes up with every couple of years.
I started this issue expecting Rusch and Jablokov to supply the stronger stories, but in fact it is Zumsteg and Ludwigsten who tickled my fancy the most. Who’da thunk it?
A strong issue, with stories from authors well-established and authors on the way up : Aliette de Bodard, Bruce McAllister, Caroline M. Yoachim, Damien Broderick, David Erik Nelson, Stephen Baxter.
A strong issue, with stories by Landis, Reed, Steele, Shoulders, Tem, Roberson and Emshwiller.
This issue got caught up in the big revamp of Best SF, and wasn’t reviewed close to the reading of the stories. Time being short, I had planned to give a quick recap on the stories a couple of months later – which would be one way of identifying which stories had more impact at… Continue reading Asimovs. December 2009.
It’s a good issue, without being a classic. Stories by Barzak, Broderick, Lindsey, Malcolm, Creasey, Kress, Garcia y Robertson, Reed, Kosmatka, Poore, Barton
The Goldstein and Rusch stories start and finish the issue strongly, with the other stories being good without being great. Other stories by Crowell, Cooper, Steinmetz, Oltion, Resnick, Robyn, Tem.
An excellent issue. Rusch and Popkes perhaps the slightly weaker of the contributions, Broderick and Reed edging ahead of Blumstein, Zumsteg and Kowal.
Not the strongest of issues, a bit of a surprise considering Reed, Cassutt, Robertson and Baxter being on the front cover.
A strong collection, with the Purdom story somewhat of a struggle.
An excellent issue, as you might expect with authors of the standing of Stableford, Reed, Wilhelm, Swanwick, Kress and Rusch. Those without that standing (yet) similarly provide top quality. Well, you only have a 400th issue once.
Nancy Kress. Act One. More of an Analog story than an Asimovs. Genetic modification is the topic, and in order to explore it Kress puts a person of restricted growth (referred to as, and by the character himself, as a dwarf), alongside an ageing movie star, researching a film about children with Arlen’s Syndrome, which… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2009
Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Colliding Branes. Gonzo fun, as you might expect from Rucker and Sterling. Two bloggers, with an inside track on the end of the world (and the universe), two dense urban bores, take to the road to flee the dense urban cores. Two of the branes of our universe are passing… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2009
Mary Rosenblum. Lion Walk. Science thriller set in an African game reserve where the second body in a few weeks is found – or rather, the remains of a second body, the lions, vultures and pack dogs having been at the unfortunate victims. A game warden has to choose how public to go with these… Continue reading Asimovs, January 2009
Tim Sullivan. Way Down East. A very well crafted story which used the very alien to look at human alienation, separation and grief. We have had First Contact, and whilst the visitor from Gliese 581c has had some impact, life of course goes on. Or not necessarily so for the protagonists, two fisherman from New… Continue reading Asimovs, December 2008
Nancy Kress. The Erdman Nexus. Kress on top form with a strong story to start the issue. There is an intriguing setup, as an alien vessel far distant reacts to something very unexpected, and we then meet Henry Erdman, an elderly physicist living in an assisted living facilty. Just how can these two events be… Continue reading Asimovs, October/November 2008
William Barton. In the Age of the Quiet Sun. Good to see another story from Barton – w-a-y too long since I’ve read one from him. What appeals to me is that he often looks at the costs to the individual of humanity getting out into space, and here he does this in spades. The… Continue reading Asimovs, September 2008
Matthew Johnson. Lagos. Neatly and wryly brings the bombardment of spam emails into the real world through the daily travails of a Nigerian woman as she tries to eke out a living. She remotely operates hi-tech equipment for a pittance, in some cases the equipment is as low-tech as a vacuum cleaner, and this involves… Continue reading Asimovs, August 2008
Gord Sellar. Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moon’s Blues. With this title and an opening line ‘His first night back on Earth after his gig on the Frogships, Bird showed up at Minton’s cleaner than a broke-dick dog, with a brand new horn and a head full of crazy-people music’, Sellar quickly sets the tone… Continue reading Asimovs, July 2008
Nancy Kress. Call Back Yesterday. Ahh, a copy of Asimovs which opens with a Nancy Kress story … now that’s what I call a science fiction magazine As (almost) ever, Kress furnishes the goods. The setup is immediate, with a short, intriguing opening sentence ‘This morning the bathroom mirror shows only a lone person –… Continue reading Asimovs, June 2008
Kathleen Ann Goonan. Memory Dog. The issue opens with a very clever and accomplished story with a strong ending. The protagonist is a dog – or, to be more accurate, a dog with the memory of a man overlaid on it. The man has chosen to live a shorter, canine life primarily as a penance… Continue reading Asimovs, April/May 2008
Brian Stableford. Following the Pharmers. Stableford has published several stories looking at the consequences in developments in biotechnology, and here he explores how unintended consequences can have impact on a small, personal level. Ekeing out a mostly anonymous life amongt the flooded plains of East Anglia, one pharmaceutical experimenting finds his contentment shattered by the… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2008
Michael Swanwick. From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled… The opening paragraph is a doozy – it describes the titular city on Europa, and does so quite beautifully across several sentences, and then kicks into a higher gear as the narrator describes herself : a simulation of one of the humans killed in the destruction of… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2008