Another (concluding?) installment in Steele’s ‘Arkwright’ series, which, like his ‘Coyote’ series, has left me unmoved.
Another installment in Steele’s stories about the Arkwright Foundation, set up by some of the founding fathers of SF, which is reaching for the stars.
A follow-up a couple of generations on, to Steele’s The Legion of Tomorrow a few issues back, which didn’t really grab me.
A lengthy look at the very early days of SF fandom,
A story title and an opening sentence make it clear what the denouement is, but the story holds your attention.
All in all, a story I’d expect to see in Analog, but way below the standard I’d expect to see in Asimovs.
A nicely paced story set in the Cuban Missile Crisis that doesn’t try too hard.
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.
Steele revisits a theme from a previous story of his, although with an sfnal rather than a fantasy element.
A strong issue, with stories by Landis, Reed, Steele, Shoulders, Tem, Roberson and Emshwiller.
The storytelling is handled well in the mannered style of the 1930s.
Delia Sherman. Walpurgis Afternoon. Cosy suburbia is threatened by a brand new house appearing overnight, whose occupants are evidently …. witches. sf/f of the gentle suburban variety. Sydney J. Van Scyoc. Poppies by Moonlight. Short story in which returning to bale out her step-brother, yet again, a grieving woman finds him changed, through a visiting… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2005
Connie Willis. All Seated on the Ground. I normally have a beef at having to read Asimovs’ christmas issue some months before the holiday period. So it’s a bit of a change to finally getting round to reading this one some time after the holiday period. Maybe one year I’ll actually read a christmas story… Continue reading Asimovs, December 2007
A 30th Anniversary issue with some pretty Big Names on the cover. But does it flatter to deceive?…
An excellent issue.
Peter Friend. The Christmas Tree. A short fantastical piece in which the arrival of a Christmas Tree is a cause for celebration, despite the fact that it is a very different kind of tree to those we know and love. Paul Melko. Strength Alone. One of the standout stories in Lou Anders’ collection ‘Live Without… Continue reading Asimovs, December 2004
Charles Stross. Survivor. The penultimate Accelerando series, in which Manfred Mancx finally makes a corporeal return, and those who have kept that status and stayed at home find out about the true nature of Meiko the cat, and themselves (Manfred and Pamela’s breakup somewhat more complex than they had though), and they appear set to… Continue reading Asimovs, October/November 2004
Allen M. Steele. Shady Grove. Sixth intallment of the ‘Coyote Rising’ serial, in which a long schelp across the continent leads to a co-incidental chance encounter, and a long schlep back to square one. Kathleen Ann Goonan. Dinosaur Songs. Short, lyrical tale built on an interesting conceit of time/space travellers using dinos/trees to build themselves… Continue reading Asimovs, July 2004
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 of history. A long-lived dog is our introduction to a near-future Earth in which overpopulation has become a major problem, exacerbated by those who have lived for centuries, or, indeed, millenia. Hannah reluctantly returns to the family farm, ruled by… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2004
Brian Stableford. Nectar. The teens are typically an awkward period of growing into adulthood, but for Sara the problems are compounded by the fact that she has eight parents (four couples) on her case. She has a plethora of parents as in this near future setting children are becoming increasingly rare commodities, as longevity (this… Continue reading Asimovs, January 2004
Maybe its me favouring fellow Brits, but Baxter and Glass are the pick of the bunch for me.
A strong collection of stories, with Steele being the most routine.
Asimov’s ‘Special Holiday Issue’ – presumably referring to Thankgsiving, on the basis of the dates it was available on the newstands. Simon Ings. The Convert. Ings has built up a name for himself with stories in Interzone and elsewhere, which are invariably thoughtful and ‘different’. This is not exception. He addresses some philosophical and moral… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, December 2002
Having had to hand back my PDA upon leaving my last employer, I had gone without a mobile e-reading facility for a couple of months. Struggling with this lack, and also really not wanting to have to go back to copying from my MS Outlook in to a paper diary, I purchased my own piece… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, June 2002
I’ve been reading Asimov’s in two formats over the past couple of years: the traditional dead-tree pulp sized magazine, and an e-version produced by PeanutPress (now Palm Digital Media), which I read on a Cassiopeia palm-top/PDA. The Cassiopeia version was extremely handy – several issues of magazines could be kept alongside a number of novels… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, February 2002
A pretty damn good collection. Steele and Martinez were a tad below an otherwise high standard.
Part 1 of the serialised novel, Mary A. Turzillo’s ‘An Old-Fashioned Girl’ Michael F. Flynn. The Clapping Hands of God. (Story illustration of the type you just do not want any fellow commuters to see.) A team of humans traverse one of the Gates which opens onto a beautiful world. The idyllic life of the… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, July/August 2004
Stories by : Allen M. Steele, Angelica Gorodischer, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, Gene Wolfe., Geoff Ryman, Gregory Benford, Joe Haldeman, Kage Baker, M Rickert, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Nigel Brown, Octavia E. Butler, Richard de la Casa and Pedro Jorge Romero, Rick Moody, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Tony Ballantyne.
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Allen M. Steele, Andy Duncan, Brenda W. Clough, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Charles Stross, Chris Beckett, Dan Simmons, Eleanor Arnason, Geoff Ryman, Howard Waldrop and Leigh Kennedy, Ian R. Macleod, James Kelly, Jim Grimsley, Ken MacLeod, Michael Blumlein, Michael Cassutt, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul Di Filippo, Paul McAuley, Robert Reed, Simon Ings, William Sanders.