Asimov’s Science Fiction – June 2015 – Vol. 39 No. 6 – (Whole Number 473)
Edited by Sheila Williams
Cover Artist: Mathias Rosenthal / Shutterstock.com
Review by Sam Tomaino
Asimov's Science Fiction ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: 26 April 2015
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Asimov's Science Fiction June 2015 issue is here and it's a good one.
The fiction begins with "The End of the War" by Django Wexler. -+- Future War. Myr is one of the soldiers for Crete, fighting Minoa in an endless war. She is locked inside a ship called a mobcom and fights mobcoms from the other side. She has only had to kill twice. Mostly, she just wounds. She even has conversations with her opponents and has some nice talks with Gar, a Minoan. She hears that there is some new weapon that will end the war. She and another Cretan, Gemma, head out on an important mission. Things come to a conclusion. Well done. Good characters.
"The Ladies' Aquatic Gardening Society" by Henry Lien -+- A battle in Newport Society between Mrs. Honoria Orrington Howland-Thorpe and Mrs. Cecilia Contarini Fleming over the favor of Mrs. Alva Vanderbilt. Much of it involves their respective gardens and Mrs. Fleming prevails in the first four contests. Battles 5 and 6 go to Mrs. Howland-Thorpe over a flower called the Sea Rose. Then, things really get out of hand. Very amusing, written in just the perfect style.
"Mutability" by Ray Nayler -+- Sebastian meets Sophia in a cafe in some distant future in which people live a long time. She takes him back to her place and shows him a picture of the two of them in the clothes of a time 400 years ago. Neither remembers the time when the picture was taken. Much here about how memory can change events. Interesting.
"The Muses of Sheyedan-18" by Indrapramit Das -+- On a colony planet, Mi and Tani witness the "birth" of an alien creature (splitting off from another one) they call the vitanbiyet or life castles because they look like huge towers. They call it Sheyedan, the 18th its works of art with their lovemaking. But things do not go well for their relationship. Imaginative aliens make this story interesting.
"Ghosts of the Savannah" by M. Bennardo -+- Our narrator is an orphan like her "sister" Sedu. Sedu wants to lead the hunt but the men of their tribe will not let her. Our narrator loves Sedu and helps her when she is injured. But she also becomes close to Kantu, a young man with good qualities. Things get resolved in a surprising way which lifts this story out of the ordinary.
"Our Lady of the Open Road" by Sarah Pinsker -+- In a near future, Luce Silva and Jacky are a band called Cassis Fire traveling in a van they call Daisy. They pass through Indiana on their way to a gig in Columbus, Ohio. One of their big songs, written by Luce years ago is "Manifest Independence". Young punks like the song: "We all shared the same indignation that we were losing everything that made us distinct, that nothing special happened anymore, that the new world replacing the old one wasn't nearly as good, that everyone was hungry and everything was broken and that we'd fix it if we could find the right tools." The other big song is "Our Lady of the Open Road" which she dedicates to Daisy. She has an offer with a company called StageHolo that brings hologram music into people's homes. But the experience is artificial with no real live audience. What will Luce do? Beautiful, bittersweet tale. Just perfect.