Asimov's Science Fiction - 9/2005 - Vol. 29, No. 9
Dell zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: 09/01/2005 /
Asimov?s Science Fiction ? September 2005 ? Vol. 29, No. 9 ? Whole Number 356 ? ISSN 1065-2698
The September issue of Asimov's Science Fiction has another excellent story by Robert Reed. Reed's story "Finished" tells us of an future in which people can have their personalities transferred into artificial bodies before they die. The only drawback is that they can never change after that and are stuck in whatever mindset they were in when they were "finished." In addition to this tale, we have very good stories by two veteran writers. "Generations" by Frederik Pohl starts after the events of 9/11 but take a different turn. As the years go by, the physical laws of the universe change and this gives way to some unfortunate social changes. "Pipeline" by Brian W. Aldiss tells us about a man's adventure in putting together a oil pipeline through Turkmenistan and the Middle East.
In "Harvest Moon" by William Barton, we have an alternate history with a different Presidents and a different outcome to the space program. John Phillip Olson goves us a very good debut story in "The Company Man." Aliens start buying our art treasures. What should be done? Also very good is "A Rocket For the Republic" by Lou Antonelli about a space flight in the 1840's! Lastly, "Second Person, Present Tense" by Daryl Gregory is a good story about a woman who must take over another woman's body and her life.
There is very little disappointing in another great issue of Asimov's Science Fiction.