Asimov's Science Fiction - October/November 2006
by Sheila Williams (ed)
Spilogale, Inc. Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: October 2006 /
Asimov's Science Fiction – October/November 2006 – Vol. 30 Nos. 10 & 11 – ISSN 1065-2698
The newest Asimov's is a double issue and this one is well worth all those pages. All the stories got, at least, a Very Good from me and one got an Excellent.
The Excellent one is by James Van Pelt and is called "The Small, Astral Object Genius". In this story, a young boy has a device called a "Peek-A-Boo" that somehow can take pictures of distant galaxies. Like many others, he sends it out regularly and sometimes adds to mankind's knowledge. In his case, he uses it to escape from a bad situation at home. How the whole thing is resolved makes for a great story. Also in this issue is "A Billion Eyes" by Robert Reed. In this story, Kala lives in an offshoot from our Earth that was settled by a man, armed with a special device, that kidnapped a dormitory full of young women. Different religions and customs have developed and Kala must find a better way. "Down to the Earth Below" by William Barton is an exciting story about a group of boys who find another world by going though a cave. The story evokes Edgar Rice Burroughs (consciously) but gives it a modern spin.
In Michael Flynn's "Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth", he tells a story from many viewpoints after a ferry carrying 1000 people mysteriously disappears in a fog. In "1 Is True" by Ron Collins, a young man must find out about the death of an ex-girlfriend to clear himself. The story has an interesting high-tech solution. Kit Reed is one of our best short story writers and in "Biodad", she illustrates this perfectly. A woman goes in search of the sperm donor who is the father of her children. Things are not as simple as she thinks. "After I Stopped Screaming" by Pamela Sargent is an amusing little story about a woman who spent time in a hairy paw some 70 years ago. Another great short story writer is Carol Emshwiller. In "The Seducer", a man must escape from his past torments by his sister. "Saving for a Sunny Day, or, The Benefits of Reincarnation" by Ian Watson is a funny, little story set in a future where an A.I. has shown reincarnation to be real and the benefits (and problems) that result. The last story, "Foster" by Melissa Lee Shaw is a chilling little tale about dealing with the loss of a loved one.
I think Sheila Williams is doing a great job with Asimov's and I look forward to each issue more and more.
(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)