Asimov's Science Fiction - September 2006
by Sheila Williams (ed)
Penny Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: August 2006 /
Asimov's Science Fiction - September 2006 - Vol. 30 No. 9 - (Whole Number 368) - ISSN 1065-2698
The September issue of Asimov's Science Fiction has a pretty good mix of stories, half Very Good & half still worth reading.
Rudy Rucker's "Postsingular" is a sequel to his previous story "Chu and the Nants" and just as entertaining. Chu is a young autistic boy whose father is a brilliant inventor. This time, he invents "orphids" (radio frequency tracking devices - RFID's) which are microscopic but powerful. He unleashes them into the world and they link everyone up so that everyone has access to everything. This causes some serious consequences. "Primates" by David D. Levine is an exciting tale about a man forced to help a crazed hunter find Bigfoot. What he finds forces him to make an important decision. "We Are The Cat" is a nice little story by Carl Frederick, usually published in Analog. Three men are trapped in a cave. While discussing Theoretical Physics and Scroedinger's Cat, they must find a way out. The story has a great ending. "Silence in Florence" by Ian Creasey is set in the Florence of Galileo's time. A woman realizes that strange visitors covered by robes are something unusual and she asks them for a miracle.
The other stories are a little less good but still worth reading. "Sunlight or Rock" is set in a very interesting world in which a young man named Erno must find rent money. The problem is that there is not really much of a story here, although the culture of the world is very well portrayed. "Godburned" by Karen Jordan Allen is the story of an old woman who finally realizes her heart's desire to see ancient Aztec sites in Mexico. The trip has a deeper effect on her than she anticipated. Finally, there is Jack Skillingstead's "Girl in the Empty Apartment." This is the story of a man named Joe who meets a fascinating young woman at the opening of his play. She helps him deal with a crisis in his life.
All in all, this is a nice little issue, with the addition of interesting articles by Robert Silverberg and Kristine Kathryn Rusch and two Science Fiction Sudoku puzzles thrown in for good measure.
(Source: Penny Press)