An SF story for those of you who like your SF in deep space, dirty, sweaty, corrupt and cynical, and with a clever story structure. Hold on a minute. That’s me!
A dryly black look at a community living with (or, indeed, dying of) a particularly vicious plague.
A fairly bleak tale with a couple of stylistic issues that don’t help the story.
Nancy Kress. Act One. More of an Analog story than an Asimovs. Genetic modification is the topic, and in order to explore it Kress puts a person of restricted growth (referred to as, and by the character himself, as a dwarf), alongside an ageing movie star, researching a film about children with Arlen’s Syndrome, which… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2009
Gord Sellar. Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moon’s Blues. With this title and an opening line ‘His first night back on Earth after his gig on the Frogships, Bird showed up at Minton’s cleaner than a broke-dick dog, with a brand new horn and a head full of crazy-people music’, Sellar quickly sets the tone… Continue reading Asimovs, July 2008
Harry Turtledove. News From the Front. Alternate History relating the role played by FD Roosevelt in getting the US involved in the Second World, through the means of newspaper clippings. I’m the wrong side of the Atlantic and the wrong side of 50 for the fine detail to be clear to me, and it’s a… Continue reading Asimovs, June 2007
Nancy Kress. Safeguard. A classy piece of writing from Kress, who cleverly intertwines story and backstory to reach a shattering denouement. Three young children are being ‘raised’ in a small habitat, with only a minumum of human contact, and the humans they contact are biohazard-suited. We find out that they are in some way a… Continue reading Asimovs, January 2007
Another excellent issue.
Esther M. Friesner. The Fraud. The cover illustration (a Raphael no less) is a good companion for a piece of historical fiction from Friesner. The viewpoint character is a young man, travelling by horse from London to the house of Sir Hadrian Ashgrave. George is in the employ of Lord Edgerton, and betwixt the pair… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2005
William Barton. The Gods of A Lesser Creation. Barton returns to the setting of previous stories of his ‘Heart of Desire’ (Asimovs Jan 2000) and ‘The Engine of Desire’ (Asimovs Aug 2002), and explores similar themes of what it is to be human, through HLL-357 a genmod cyborg, half-human and half-god and half-mechanical (OK math… Continue reading Asimovs, August 2004
I’ve been reading e-versions of Asimovs for some months now, but went back to the dead-tree version for this issue. Issues over the e-version for me are reading for a couple of hours a day on a small palm-top screen can be a bit of a strain reading a lot on a palm-top requires the… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, March 2002