A young girl living in poverty in a walled city in the mountains finds that telling her stories to the wind leads her to a life beyond her dreams.
A few words from my review : bland, Readers Digest, utilitarian.
A short, cautionary tale.
An ardent admirer pays his respects to a women living in a remote house in Iceland.
Ruth Nestvold. Looking Through Lace. Anthropological and xeno-linguistic SF are probably to Asimovs what Scientist SF is to Analog, and there is a danger in using these softer sciences to set up a puzzle which needs solving in the same way as Scientist Fiction uses physics or chemistry to set up a similar conundrum. Ursula… Continue reading Asimovs, September 2003
Pressure of work has been keeping away from my SF bookshop haunts of late and from spending much time reading. Damn this Real Lifetm. I’ve also let the August issue of Asimov’s slip by un-purchased, and shall endeavour to locate a copy! Eleanor Arnason. The Potter of Bones. I should own up to the fact… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, September 2002
Eleanor Arnason. Knapsack Poems. A tale of the Goxhat, an interesting multi-bodied entity with a further multiplicity of limbs and facial features. A wandering poet of this race stumbles upon the scene of a massacre in the hills, one member rescuing a singleton infant. Upon taking refuge in the castle of a local lord, a… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May 2002
Moby Quilt. Eleanor Arnason. Another formulaic Lydia Duluth story which gets perilously close to plot lines hackneyed even for nautical made-for-TV drama : there are tales of ships going missing when getting too close to the bizarre native aquatic life, so what do those on the scientific ship do when their propellers get fouled when… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May 2001 (Peanut Press edition)
Reflections. Robert Silverberg. Silverberg’s editorial wryly comments on poor grammar and on the latest haute cuisine trends. However, he rather hoists himself with his own petard when moving on from criticising the use of ‘like if’ with the gramatically incorrect ‘..the newspaper piece I was staring at.’ rather than ‘the newspaper piece at which I… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, February 2001 (Peanut Press edition)
Stories by : Bradley Denton, Charles Stross, Daniel Abraham, Eleanor Arnason, Gardner Dozois, George RR Martin, Gregory Feeley, Ian McDowell, James Patrick Kelly, Judith Berman, Patricia A. McKillip, Stephen Baxter.
Stories by : A.M. Dellamonica, Bruce Sterling, Carol Emshwiller, Charles Sheffield, Charles Stross, Eleanor Arnason, Gene Wolfe., Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, J.R. Dunn, Jack Williamson, Ken Wharton, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Asher, Paul Di Filippo, Richard Chwedyk, Robert Onopa, Robert Reed, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Stories by : Albert E Cowdrey, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Brendan Dubois, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Rowe, Colin P. Davies, Daniel Abraham, David Moles, Eleanor Arnason, James Patrick Kelly, James. L. Cambias, Kage Baker, M. John Harrison, Mary Rosenblum, Michael F. Flynn, Nancy Kress, Paolo Bacigalupi, Pat Murphy, Paul Di Filippo, Paul Melko, Peter F. Hamilton, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Vandana Singh, Vernor Vinge, Walter Jon Williams, William Sanders.
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Alex Irvine, Bruce Sterling, Charles Coleman Finlay, Charles Stross, Chris Beckett, Eleanor Arnason, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, James Van Pelt, John Kessel, John Meaney, Kage Baker, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Swanwick, Molly Gloss, Nancy Kress, Paul McAuley, Richard Wadholm, Robert Reed, Steven Popkes, Walter Jon Williams
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.
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Ben Bova, Charles Sheffield, Chris Lawson, David Marusek, Eleanor Arnason, Frederik Pohl, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Hal Clement, James Patrick Kelly, Kage Baker, Karl Schroder, Kim Stanley Robinson, M. John Harrison, Michael Swanwick, Mike Resnick, Paul J. McAuley, Richard Wadholm, Robert Grossbach, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Sage Walker, Sean Williams, Stephen Baxter, Tanith Lee, Walter Jon Williams.
Jack Dann picks up the editorial reins from Vonda N. McIntyre in the Nebula Awards Showcase series. There’s a lot of high quality fiction in this volume, and the only real beef is that the stories are from 2002, which means that in a number of cases you are reading stories which appeared in the Year’s Best anthologies two years ago.
A nice volume to own – make sure that the nice white cover doesn’t get dirty though!