Near-future military SF, with an interesting structure, but just a little too detached for me.
Effective story of a displaced person and a displaced people, in which Johnson uses a shared dreamspace VR to good effect.
A protagonist that is a sort of combo of Ellen Ripley and Florence Nightingale in a story of geriatric zombification…
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
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
Mary Rosenblum. Breeze From the Stars. An almost quintessential Asimovs story. Jeri is in low Earth orbit, part of a crew of rough and ready rock jocks – pilots who scour space for space junk and asteroids likely to cause problems for other vessels and habitats in the area. He’s moody as his latest posting… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2007
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.