Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw. The Perfect Wave. Rucker has collaborated in Asimovs recently with
Connie Willis. All Seated on the Ground. I normally have a beef at having to
Greg Egan. Dark Integers. A sequel to the well-received and Dozoised (13th) ‘Luminous’ from Asimovs,
Robert Reed. The Caldera of Good Fortune. Reed further mines The Great Ship in his
Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Hormiga Canyon. You’d expect a collaboration by these two authors
Brian Stableford. The Trial. Stableford explores a drugs trial that proves too successful. There’s a
Harry Turtledove. News From the Front. Alternate History relating the role played by FD Roosevelt
A 30th Anniversary issue with some pretty Big Names on the cover. But does it flatter to deceive?…
Mary Rosenblum. Breeze From the Stars. An almost quintessential Asimovs story. Jeri is in low
Alex Wilson. Outgoing. A countdown to a climax, with 10 episodes in the lives of
Nancy Kress. Safeguard. A classy piece of writing from Kress, who cleverly intertwines story and
Paolo Bacigalupi. Yellow Card Man. Bacigalupi’s ‘The Calorie Man’ appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction’s
Robert Reed. A Billion Eves. A complex and initially very satisfying story. The story beings
A return to reading the print version after several months reading e-versions, and a welcome
Real physical versions of Asimovs are to hand, which I find I read much more quickly than the e-versions of late (having spent most days at work in front of a screen, reading off a screen is not much of a relaxation!) – so I expect to be up to date with the US mags by the end of the month!
For me a -much- stronger issue than the previous one, which feels like it should be a double-issue, as so much quality is squeezed into it. The more experienced writers provide quality of the highest order, with Preston, Kosmatka and Pratt just a slight bit below that standard.
Rucker, Reed, Skillingstead and Kelly do it for me. Carter, Johnson, Creasey and Bernobich don’t, which makes it a 50/50 split, whereas I tend to get a 75/25 or 80/20 from Asimovs.
Another excellent issue.
Another excellent issue.
Reviewed : MobiPocket version on a Tapwave Zodiac. Jonathan Sherwood. Under the Graying Sea. The
An excellent issue.
For me the Rusch and Kilby are the pick of the issue. Sanders/Maxey/Williams are OK without breaking new ground, and Beckett’s story isn’t as impactful as the earlier story in that milieu.
PDF/eBookMan version reviewed. Tom Purdom. Bank Run. Sabor Haveri, ultra-rich banker, finds his idyllic boating
Strong stories from Pohl, Gregory, Barton and Reed, with the standard they set not quite matched by the offerings from Aldiss, Olsen and Antonelli.
PDF version reviewed. Neal Asher. Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck. The planet Myrial is an intriguing
PDF version reviewed. Daniel Grotta. RAW. A professional photographer, courtesy of some hi-tech kit and
Ian McDonald. Little Goddess. The (PDF) issue gets off to a strong start with the
Walter Jon Williams. Solidarity. A sequel to ‘Margaux’ (Asimovs, May 2003) in which Gredel, a
Esther M. Friesner. The Fraud. The cover illustration (a Raphael no less) is a good
John Grimsley. The 120 Hours of Sodom. A very strong story from Grimsley, one in
Hmmm, the first post-Dozois issue. Having to cope with that change alongside the Interzone change,
Peter Friend. The Christmas Tree. A short fantastical piece in which the arrival of a
Charles Stross. Survivor. The penultimate Accelerando series, in which Manfred Mancx finally makes a corporeal
Maureen F. McHugh. Oversite. Sensitive story about three generations of women growing apart, through the
William Barton. The Gods of A Lesser Creation. Barton returns to the setting of previous
Allen M. Steele. Shady Grove. Sixth intallment of the ‘Coyote Rising’ serial, in which a
Nancy Kress. My Mother Dancing. Originally published in 2000 in ‘Destination 3001’, published by Flammarion.
A hefty double-issue with pretty much something to please everyone.
Robert Reed. A Plague of Life. Reed sucks us into a story with a lot
Mike Resnick. Travels with My Cats. Resnick furnishes a story the like of which you
Brian Stableford. Nectar. The teens are typically an awkward period of growing into adulthood, but
I missed this when it first hit the shelves, so a mini-review some months after
Walter Jon Williams. The Green Leopard Plague. A very skilfully crafted short story. Set in
Ruth Nestvold. Looking Through Lace. Anthropological and xeno-linguistic SF are probably to Asimovs what Scientist
Maybe its me favouring fellow Brits, but Baxter and Glass are the pick of the bunch for me.
John Kessel. Under the Lunchbox Tree. The third story in the Lunar Society of Cousins
A strong collection of stories by Cory Doctorow, Daniel Abraham and Susan Fry, David Marusek, Jack Skillingstead, James Patrick Kelly, John Varley, Lawrence Person, Tom Purdom.
A strong collection of stories, with Steele being the most routine.
A list of authors on the front cover which promises a lot! Charles Stross. Nightfall.
Alex Irvine. Shepherded by Galatea. A few pages in, with a lot more information about
Stephen Baxter. Breeding Ground. Another in the author’s Xeelee sequence. A human warship, human tech
Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Junk DNA. An eminently accessible, enjoyable story, looking at a
Asimov’s ‘Special Holiday Issue’ – presumably referring to Thankgsiving, on the basis of the dates
Robert Silverberg. With Caesar in the Underworld. Over the past fifteen years Silverberg has been
Pressure of work has been keeping away from my SF bookshop haunts of late and
Robert Silverberg. The Second Wave. This is introduced as another in the author’s Via Roma
Paul McAuley. The Assassination of Faustino Malartre. I’ve only just read ‘Making History’, published two
Having had to hand back my PDA upon leaving my last employer, I had gone
Eleanor Arnason. Knapsack Poems. A tale of the Goxhat, an interesting multi-bodied entity with a
Richard Wadholm. At the Money. I was looking forward to this hugely. A ‘companion piece’
I’ve been reading e-versions of Asimovs for some months now, but went back to the
I’ve been reading Asimov’s in two formats over the past couple of years: the traditional
Oracles. Robert Reed. One of the reasons why I started summarising short SF stories I
A slightly flat issue for me – maybe it should be read in the last week of December in an armchair by a blazing log fire, with a glass of port in one hand.
A pretty damn good collection. Steele and Martinez were a tad below an otherwise high standard.
For me, other than the Fintushel story, a fairly average bunch. Mind you, the preview of the next issue is most impressive.
Robert Charles Wilson being the pick of the bunch for me.
A slightly weaker than usual issue perhaps – certainly for someone like me for whom the opening SF mystery did little for, and certainly considering the calibre of the authors in this issue.
Has there been a better issue of Asimovs in recent years?
Moby Quilt. Eleanor Arnason. Another formulaic Lydia Duluth story which gets perilously close to plot
At Tide’s Turning. Laura J. Moxon. The ice-cold Brimstone has been settled by clone groups
Reflections. Robert Silverberg. Robert Silverberg’s ‘Reflections’ looks back, with rose-tinted spectacles (of a metaphorical nature)
Reflections. Robert Silverberg. Silverberg’s editorial wryly comments on poor grammar and on the latest haute
Robert Silverberg’s editorial ‘Reflections: The Evaporation of Reputations’ ponders the nature of fame and reputation,
The December issue of Asimov’s was not in the Forbidden Planet bookshop when I visited
Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2000 The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2000 Analog
Father to the Man. Robert Reed. The concluding chapter of a five-tale sequence, begun back
Interstitial. Paul J. McAuley. The Great Winter has forced humanity from then now-frozen Earth. The
Feel the Zaz. James Patrick Kelly. Jim Kelly takes us to a near-future in which
Reflections. Robert Silverberg The latest technological developments in slowing the speed of laser light give