Asimov's Science Fiction - July 2005
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0507Asimov
Date: June 2005 /
Asimov's Science Fiction - July 2005 - Vol. 29 No. 7 (Whole Number 354 - ISSN 1065-2698
Table of Contents Novellettes: RAW by Daniel Grotta; Girls And Boys, Come Out to Play by Michael Swanwick - Short Stories: The Children of Time by Stephen Baxter; Clipper's Last Ride by Richard Mueller; Killing Time by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Walking Chang-Er by Samantha Ling; The Real Deal by Peter Friend; The Compass by Edd Vick - Poetry: The Physicist's Warning by Sandra Lindow; Economy by Mario Milosevic; Daredevil by Steven Utley; Earth of Mercy by Roger Dutcher; Robot Dog by Roger Dutcher - Departments: Editorial: 2005 Reader's Awards by Sheila Williams; Reflections: Two Worldcons, Worlds Apart by Robert Silverberg; On the Net: Bring on the Digital Hugos by James Patrick Kelly; Thought Experiments: Science Fiction Village by Walter Jon Williams; On Books by Paul Di Filippo; The SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss
The July 2005 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction is a good one with all but two of the stories getting my very good rating.
"RAW" is by Daniel Grotta, whose biography of Tolkien I bought decades ago. Grotta introduces us to several scientific concepts here to set up his story and does that effectively and economically. The story is about a man who finds he can communicate with another dimension, one in which his sister did not die in a childhood accident, but he did instead. This sets up a truly terrifying sequence of events. The introduction does not tell us if Grotta has written any other fiction. Based on this story, he should write more. "Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play" is Michael Swanwick?s follow-up to his "The Dog Said Bow Wow". His heroes from that story are searching for stolen British artifacts in a land called Arcadia. Returning these objects is not easy in a deliciously bizarre tale. "Clipper's Last Ride" by Richard Mueller introduces us to Clipper, a woman barber who has a hobby. This proves useful to her community in a surprising and thrilling way. In "Killing Time", Kristine Kathryn Rusch gives us an old woman, reliving her past through a special form of technology. She makes an important decision about how she wants to live out her life. "Walking Chang-Er" by Samantha Ling is a nice blend of Chinese mythology and science fiction. "The Real Deal" by Peter Friend features a group of humans who work for an alien race called (by humans) the Picassos. Just what is the real reason for this service is surprising.
"The Compass" by Edd Vick is an OK tale about how passengers in space have to sacrifice to guide their ships. "The Children of Time" by Stephen Baxter is a disappointing tale telling us the stories of a series of 11-year olds on a future Earth which is just depressing and boring.