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Asimov’s Science Fiction - February 2016 –-Vol. 40 No. 02 (Whole Number 481)
Edited by Sheila Williams
Cover Artist: Alejandro Colucci
Review by Sam Tomaino
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: 26 January 2016

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The February 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction has stories by Nick Wolven, An Owomoyela, Michael Libling, Bruce McAllister, Sarah Gallien, Sean McMullen, and Sandra McDonald, along with the usual poetry and columns.

Asimov's Science Fiction February 2016 issue is here and it's got some good stories.

The fiction begins with "The Grocer's Wife (Enhanced Transcription)" by Michael Libling. -+- Andy Phillips works for a secret organization that steals people's minds, simulating dementia. This is always done to someone important and for some good reason. Why are they stealing the mind of a retired grocer? Andy begins to question his job. This one was a real chiller with a nice build-up to the conclusion. Another great story from Libling!

"Bringing Them Back" by Bruce McAllister -+- Our narrator starts out drawing pictures and writing descriptions of extinct reptiles to bring them back. That escalates to larger animals and beyond. Where it winds up provides quite a chill. The best story in the issue.

"In Equity" by Sarah Gallien -+- Cole is a thirteen-year-old orphan who has been placed in a number of homes as a foster child but it hasn't worked out. This time, things are different. Interesting character study of our central character.

"Passion Summer" by Nick Wolven -+- Jeff is fourteen years old and ready for his first big Passion. In this story, that's something you can buy. This turns out to be a complicated matter for him and his mother. Never quite came together for me.

"Exceptional Forces" by Sean McMullen -+- Our narrator is Vladimir Kubarov, a Russian astronomer, who has discovered something important about the Andromeda galaxy. Because of that, a woman has been sent to kill him. But he is also a "socialized savant" who can read people like a book. He and his assassin have an interesting conversation and things change for both of them. Good story.

"The Monster of 1928" by Sandra McDonald -+- Our narrator tells a story about her tomboy girlhood, a monster called Tulu, and a big hurricane. Nicely atmospheric tale.

The issue concludes with "The Charge and the Storm" by An Owomoyela. -+- Petra is one of the Makers on the colony world humans share with the Su. She is involved with them in making habitats. But there are humans who she knows that do not like the Su. What does she need to do? Good story about different kinds of relationships.

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