A techie with empathy and emotional control deficits finds an immersive video game a perfect place to respond to the frustrations of everyday life..
A story with an interesting conceit that rather misses the opportunity it offered, and ends up in hectic pell-mell thriller with the protagonist mind-hopping quickly enough to disorientate this reader, let along himself.
A ‘fast paced adventure’ of the kind that Purdom often produces that don’t really do it for me. But if you are wanting to read more about Harold the Human, here’s your chance…
Not a whole lot that hasn’t been covered already (a long time ago) by Asimov in his robot stories.
Fast-paced adventure. Golva is a feline-type creature, one of two intelligenct races, on whose planet a party of humans has arrived.
A story with potential, but which doesn’t really deliver.
A ‘long-awaited’ followup to an Ace Double written some 40 years ago.
A bit of a curate’s egg of an issue.
There’s a lot of dialog, and the cardboard characters are moved about to help the plot along, and it is rather a long way short of the quality you normally get in Asimovs.
A strong collection, with the Purdom story somewhat of a struggle.
Brian Stableford. Following the Pharmers. Stableford has published several stories looking at the consequences in developments in biotechnology, and here he explores how unintended consequences can have impact on a small, personal level. Ekeing out a mostly anonymous life amongt the flooded plains of East Anglia, one pharmaceutical experimenting finds his contentment shattered by the… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2008
Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Hormiga Canyon. You’d expect a collaboration by these two authors to hit the g-(whizz) spot, and, like their earlier collaboration in Asimovs (‘Junk DNA’ Jan 2003), they do indeed bring satisfaction. It starts off promisingly, with Stefan Oertel amongst his humongous collection of old mobile (US : cell)phones, whose cheap… Continue reading Asimovs, August 2007
PDF/eBookMan version reviewed. Tom Purdom. Bank Run. Sabor Haveri, ultra-rich banker, finds his idyllic boating trip, in which his splitting his attention between playing the markets and toying with his concubine. However this idyll is spoilt by a customer of his with a grudge, who turns up on a faster boat armed to the teeth… Continue reading Asimovs, October/November 2005
Mike Resnick. Travels with My Cats. Resnick furnishes a story the like of which you would normally expect to see in F&SF, or in other more mainstream sources. A young boy’s finds a limited edition travel book written some time back by a Miss Priscilla Wallace, whose prose descriptions of her travels enraptures the boy.… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2004
Maybe its me favouring fellow Brits, but Baxter and Glass are the pick of the bunch for me.
A strong collection of stories by Cory Doctorow, Daniel Abraham and Susan Fry, David Marusek, Jack Skillingstead, James Patrick Kelly, John Varley, Lawrence Person, Tom Purdom.
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
Robert Charles Wilson being the pick of the bunch for me.
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)
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.
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Daniel Kaysen, Douglas Lain, Howard Waldrop, James Patrick Kelly, James Van Pelt, Joe Haldeman, Leah Bobet, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Swanwick, Robert Reed, Stephen Leigh, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Wil McCarthy.
Stories by : Barry N. Malzberg, Brian Aldiss, Brian M. Stableford, Chris Beckett, Chris Lawson, Cory Doctorow, Curt Wohleber, Elisabeth Malartre, Fred Lerner, G. David Nordley, Gene Wolfe, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Hiroe Suga, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucy Sussex, Mary Soon Lee, Michael Bishop, Michael Swanwick, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Reed, Sarah Zettel, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Tom Purdom
Brian Stableford, Gene Wolfe., Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Jack Williamson, James Patrick Kelly, John C. Wright, Katherine McLean, Kim Newman, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul Levinson, R. Garcia y Robertson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, S.N. Dyer, Terry Bisson, Tom Cool., Tom Purdom, William Gibson
As ever, chock full of high quality SF, with the annual summation providing SF with an ongoing reference and reading tome which we should not take for granted. Here’s to the next 25 years! Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Chris Roberson, David Moles, Elizabeth Bear, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James Van Pelt, John Barnes, Justin Stanchfield, Kage Baker, Keith Brooke, Ken MacLeod, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Asher, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang, Ted Kosmatka, Tom Purdom, Una McCormack, Vandana Singh