Asimovs, March 2008

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

Asimovs, August 2007

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

Asimovs, October/November 2005

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

Asimovs, February 2004

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

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May 2002

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

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, February 2001 (Peanut Press edition)

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)

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May 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.

Science Fiction : The Best of the Year 2006 Edition – edited by Rich Horton, Prime Books, September 2006

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.

Year’s Best SF 5. David G. Hartwell. Eos Books 2000

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

Year’s Best SF 3. David G. Hartwell. Harper Prism 1998

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

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 25th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St. Martins Griffin, 2008

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