A few years hence, but teenage girls are still teenage girls. Young Janice and her friends lead a recognisable life to contemporary teens, with some high tech improvements, including a skin-colour changing capability, to combat the threat of melanoma.
A strong collection, with the Purdom story somewhat of a struggle.
I missed this when it first hit the shelves, so a mini-review some months after the event. Connie Willis. Just Like the Ones We Used To Know. The Christmas Special leads of with a story about an exceptionally heavy snowfall across the whole of the US of A. And, erm, that’s about it. John Alfred… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, December 2003
For me, other than the Fintushel story, a fairly average bunch. Mind you, the preview of the next issue is most impressive.
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)
Father to the Man. Robert Reed. The concluding chapter of a five-tale sequence, begun back in November 1993. The obvious problem with this kind of serialization is that without reading the preceding stories there is a danger that the current story will not stand up in its own right. This was very much the case… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, September 2000
Reflections. Robert Silverberg The latest technological developments in slowing the speed of laser light give Silverberg pause to reflect on Bob Shaw’s “The Light of Other Days”, the classic ‘slow glass’ story. Going After Bobo. Susan Palwick. Accurately, and often painfully observed story of a young boy, living with his mother and older brother, in… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May 2000.