Asimov's Science Fiction - February 2006
Dell Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: February 2006 /
Asimov's Science Fiction - February 2006 - Volume 30 Number 2 (Whole Number 361 - ISSN 1065-2698
The February 2006 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction is a very good one with all the stories getting that rating from me. "Under the Graying Sea" by Jonathan Sherwood is a nice little story and a great debut for this new author. It is the story of Tessa, an astronaut with a very important job. She is part of a team that must regularly journey to the end of a wormhole to monitor the progress of the "ring" on the other side. This has been done many times and is part of a long ongoing process. But this trip is anything but routine. Sherwood gives us a notable story of heroism and sacrifice. Watch for more from him in the future. "Unbending Eye" by Jim Grimsley starts with a man who sees an old friend that he had heard was dead. The old friend tells him that he was dead and tells a nice little story about why he is walking about. In "Teen Angel", R. Gracia y Robertson introduces us to a young slave girl named Deirdre and gives us an exciting tale about how she achieves freedom for herself and others.
The lead character in "Change of Life" by Kat Metzler seems to be going through changes similar for mature women her age. But these changes are decidedly different. Jack Skillingstead's "Are You There" is the story of Deatry, a cop hunting a serial killer. But he is having more and more trouble relating to real people. In "The Hastillian Weed", Ian Creasey tells us of a future Earth on which an alien weed runs rampant. We find out how this is being dealt with and get a good story to go along with it. Lastly, "Kin" by Bruce McAllister is the issue's cover story. A representative of an alien species is asked an unusual favor by a little boy. The experience leaves the alien with a sense of kinship with the child and the realization that the two species are not as far apart as he thought.
All in all, a very good issue and well worth picking up.