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Asimov's Science Fiction- September 2007 by Sheila Williams
Edited by Sheila Williams
Cover Artist: Dan O'Driscoll
Review by Sam Tomaino
 ISBN/ITEM#: 10652698
Date: 27 July 2007

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The 30st Anniversary of Asimov's Science Fiction continues with a Very Good September issue. We get stories from Robert Reed, Ted Kosmatka, Kit Reed, R. Garcia y Robertson, James Van Pelt, Nancy Kress and more!

The September 2007 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction continues the high quality of its 30th Anniversary. All the stories got a Very Good from me.

The issue starts with a novelette from Robert Reed, "The Caldera of Good Fortune" which is unusual even for him. All I'll say about its setting is that it's not on Earth. Reed's description of the locale defies summarizing. In the story, a man named Crockett gets involved with an alien who is being stalked for death. I can't say too much more other than this is well worth reading.

Next comes, "My Heart is Dry as Dust" by Kim Zimring. As it begins, an African woman named Adija is being led to the gallows, an execution approved by all. Why she is being hanged and her eventual fate makes for a very interesting moral dilemma. James Van Pelt's "How Music Begins" shows us the strange fate of a junior high school band and its teacher being kidnapped by (presumably) aliens and forced to practice until they achieve a perfect performance. If you were in the band in high school (like me), this story will, especially, ring true. In "The Prophet of Flores", Ted Kosmatka shows us a world where the theory of evolution was somehow discredited and official scientific theory is that the world is only 6000 years old. When evidence to the contrary shows up, one man is in deep danger.

Kit Reed shows us why she has been one of our great storytellers for so many years in "What Wolves Know". A young man had been abandoned by his abusive family as a child and is now back with them when he is 18. All is told from his wolfish viewpoint in a fine tale. Pati Nagle gives us a thrilling story of rescue in "The Draw". "By Fools Like Me" by Nancy Kress takes place many years after an apparent global warming disaster and the brutal reaction to it.

Last, we have R. Garcia y Robertson's "The Good Ship Lollypop". Shirlee (of course) and her friends (who live in a deep space habitat) are menaced by a Boogie Man who kidnaps them. When she gets older, Shirlee hijacks a spaceship and finds out what is going on.

Once more, I heartily endorse Asimov's as a magazine worth subscribing to!

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From: Jim Van Pelt
    Thanks for the positive comments about "How Music Begins"!

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