Asimov's Science Fiction - January 2007
by Sheila Williams (ed)
Edited by Sheila Williams
Penny Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: ASF0107
Date: December 2006 /
Asimov's Science Fiction - Vol. 31 No. 1 (Whole Number 372) - January 2007
Table of Contents: Novelettes: Safeguard by Nancy Kress * The Hikikomori's Cartoon Kimono by A.R. Morlan * Trunk and Disorderly by Charles Stross Short Stories: Poison by Bruce McAllister * Café Culture by Jack Dann * Battlefield Games by R. Neube * Gunfight at the Sugarloaf Pet Food & Taxidermy by Jeff Carlson Poetry: The Wings of Icarus by John Morressy * Place Mat by Moebius by Greg Beatty * In the Light Room by John Garrison * Paradise by Tom Disch Departments: Editorial: Anniversaries by Sheila Williams * Reflections: Farming by Robert Silverberg * On the Net: Secrets of the Webmasters (Part Two) by James Patrick Kelly * Science Fiction Sudoku by James Goreham * On Books by Paul Di Filippo * 2006 Index * Twenty-First Annual Readers' Award * The SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss
The January 2007 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction starts their 30th Anniversary Year and editor Sheila Williams promises that this year's issues will be something special. She's off to a great start here. All these stories got a Very Good from me!
"Safeguard" by Nancy Kress is a touching little tale about a woman who must be the protector of a group of children genetically engineered to be disease carriers. The children are innocent and unaware of this but their protector finds a way that their problem can be dealt with. "The Hikikomori's Cartoon Kimono" by A.R. Morlan is a fascinating story about a Japanese immigrant to a near-future America and how he learns a new trade. He must also get over his own fears and learn to live in society. The story is poignant and a bit sad but Morlan gives us a wonderful central character. The third novelette is "Trunk and Disorderly" by Charles Stross. This is a funny little story of the future which reminds us of P.G. Wodehouse & Jack Vance simultaneously. Stross shows just how versatile an author he is and the story is an utter delight.
Bruce McAllister's "Poison" is the story of a boy whose family has moved to Italy and his perceptions of his new world. He is convinced a witch has killed his cat and he decides to do something about it. This is a truly lyrical tale about the boy's life. Jack Dann's "Café Culture" is a grim little near-future story about a New York City in which suicide bombers have become commonplace. "Battlefield Games" by R. Neube is a funny little tale about war on a future world where a soldier plays chess not with death but an intelligent cruise missile. Last, "Gunfight at the Sugarloaf Pet Food & Taxidermy" by Jeff Carlson is a different little story about a woman who takes direct action against poachers and other criminals.
This is a very good issue and well worth picking up.
(Source: Penny Press)