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Asimov's Science Fiction - March 2011 - Vol. 35 Nos. 3 - (Whole Number 422)
Edited by Sheila Williams
Cover Artist: Marc Simonetti
Review by Sam Tomaino
Asimov's Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: 21 February 2011

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The March 2011 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction has stories by John Kessel, Ian Creasey, Steve Bein, Robert Reed, Neal Barrett, Jr., An Owomoyela, Nancy Fulda, and Nick Wolven with the usual columns.

Asimov’s Science Fiction's March 2011 issue is another good one with stories well worth reading.

The issue begins with the novelette, "Clean", by John Kessel. Jinny's father is 61 years old and teaches electrical engineering at a college. When she comes home for Christmas, she discovers he has the early stages of Alzheimer's. Her mother tells her about a radical treatment that will wipe out most of his memories, but will prevent dementia. He will forget his wife and daughter. Jinny is upset about this and must find a way top live with it. Kessel writes another of his good stories here and really touches the heart.

"Where" by Neal Barrett, Jr. is a story that defies description. It involves two guys named tom and perry and someone named jimmie. Names aren't capitalized and there are other toms and perrys and jimmies, going to the mawl and checking out the musum and other places. Just let this one flow and you'll have some fun.

Ian Creasey is next with '"I Was Nearly Your Mother."' Marian is a fifteen year old girl. Four years ago, her mother died in a traffic accident. Now, a woman who resembles her shows up. It turns out she's her mother's other self from another dimension, a woman who aborted her child instead of giving birth to it. She wants a relationship with Marian. What can Marian do? This was an imaginative, touching story.

In Katrina's world, people are responding to "God in the Sky" in the story by An Owomoyela. A light has appeared in the sky that seems to be slowly growing. Katina’s family and friends are responding to it in different ways. She tries to resist making change in her life. That is easy in this fascinating entry.

The narrator in "Movement" by Nancy Fulda is a young girl with temporal autism. Her parents are considering a treatment that will enable her to live a normal life. We see everything through her eyes and her thoughts and that makes for a truly fine story.

Ernie finds out "The Most Important Thing in the World" in the story by Steve Bein. Ernie's a cabdriver and when a guy leaves an attaché case in his cab, he can't resists looking in it. Inside is a shiny suit and Ernie decides to put it on. He finds he can freeze time while inside it and he uses it to his advantage. But he finds out there are consequences and decides to do the right thing. Bein writes an interesting story here.

In "Lost in the Memory Palace, I Found You" by Nick Wolven, our narrator lives in a fast-paced world where things change minute to minute. He has a vision of a beautiful girl from somewhere in his past. He uses some sort of process to find her and has other adventures on the way and beyond. This was a wild, fun tale.

The issue concludes with "Purple" by Robert Reed. Reed's stories are usually very different and this one is no exception. Tito is a man who is blind and missing an arm. He has been taken away to a refuge by a mysterious being called the Master. He is taken care of and is allowed to visit other people. More I cannot say but except that this is a truly bizarre story.

Asimov's Science Fiction is very much worth subscribing to!

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