The sfnal elements ramp up in the closing paragraphs of a 15000 word story, but it feels a bit X-Filesy to me (and not being a fan of that show, that’s not a good thing!)
A cautionary, near-future tale from Wolven, set in an interconnected world, with an Internet of Things, and with personalisation embedded throughout,
An intriguing love story from Wolven, set in an online virtual reality world, where Claire is looking for Mr. Right.
There’s a recurring theme of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth has murdered sleep’, and it’s a dark dystopian future but with some lighter, nicely sardonic touches thrown in.
A meditation on technology as a moral tool, not an amoral juggernaut, and a bit of a ponderous meditation at that.
A disorientating world, where a fleeting memory can be a potentially valuable thing, something worth chasing down. Or not.
A dark, intense, near-future psychological thriller
This issue got caught up in the big revamp of Best SF, and wasn’t reviewed close to the reading of the stories. Time being short, I had planned to give a quick recap on the stories a couple of months later – which would be one way of identifying which stories had more impact at… Continue reading Asimovs. December 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