Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
Dell zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: December, 2005 /
Asimov's Science Fiction - December 2005 - Vol 29 No 12, Whole Number 359) ISSN 1065-2698
The December 2005 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction has one excellent story and most of the rest of the issue is worth reading as well.
Fortunately, the excellent story is the novella, "Diving Into the Wreck" by Kristine Kathyrn Rusch. She tells us about the captain of a salvage ship who makes a remarkable discovery and enlists a group of people to salvage it. Rusch creates some interesting characters here and also gives us a great story.
The novelettes are also worth reading. "In Amba" by William Sanders, we see a near-future Earth in which Global Warming has taken place and had a profound effect on the world. The lead characters are men who have profitted from the changed scenery. Even though I'm a skeptic on Global Warming, I enjoyed the story. "The Perimeter" by Chris Beckett shows us a world in which most of the people are "virtual", in that their brains are in jars and their images are projected onto a "consensual London". One of them meets up with some real physical people and we get a very good story out of it.
The short stories are a mixed lot. The best is "Earthtime" by Damien Kilby. A woman who has been protecting the universe, somewhere in deep space, is sent back to her regular life (present day America) with only her knowing what she has been doing. She must learn to be human again. Also interesting is "Ikiryoh" by Liz Williams. An alien female is given the care of a child and told she is an ikiryoh but not what that means. The mythology behind the story is quite interesting. Lastly, I did not care for "To the East, a Bright Star" by James Maxey. The lead character, despite a heroic act, is someone I did not like and I was not concerned with his eventual fate.
All in all though, this was a very good issue, with a nice article by Robert Silveberg on H.P. Lovecraft adding to my enjoyment.