Asimov's Science Fiction - August 2006
by Sheila Williams (ed)
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: July 2006 /
Asimov's Science Fiction - August 2006 - Vol. 30 No. 8 (Whole Number 367) - ISSN 1065-2698
The August 2006 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction is a very good one and all the stories got that rating.
First up is "The Plurality of Worlds" by Brian Stableford. It is set in an alternate 16th Century England where Queen Jane and her chief scientist, John Dee send some worthy men (one of them is Walter Raleigh) on a "spaceship" into the ether. Their journey to the Moon is something truly bizarre. "Dead Man" by Alexander Jablokov is quite different. In a world where people upload their personalities to a big computer just before they die, some complications arise. In "Crunchers, Inc.", Kristine Kathryn Rusch gives us a look into a future where Actuarial Engineers use objective data to determine an individual's worth.
The issue is rounded out by three nice short stories. Ruth Nestvold's "Feather and Ring" is the story of a woman who travels to Taipei to close a business deal but finds help from a very unusual source. "In the Abyss of Time" by Stephen Baxter gives us a story that really takes us to the end of the Universe and one woman's search. The always wonderful Michael Swanwick tells a thrilling story in "Tin Marsh". In it a woman's prospecting partner on an inhospitable planet turns on her and she must find a way to survive.
I really like the direction that Sheila Williams has taken this magazine and can certainly recommend it whole-heartedly.