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Asimov's Science Fiction – July 2009 – Vol. 33 Nos.7 – (Whole Numbers 402 )
Edited by Sheila Williams
Cover Artist: Tomasz Maronski
Review by Sam Tomaino
Asimov's Science Fiction  ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: 27 April 2009 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The July 2009 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction has stories by Michael Cassutt, Kit Reed, R. Garcia y Robertson, Ian McHugh, Sara Genge, and Stephen Baxter, along with the usual columns!

Asimov's Science Fiction 's July 2009 issue is another good one, and I liked all the stories.

"The Last Apostle" by Michael Cassutt is the story of Joe Ligouri, the last man alive who walked on the Moon in a slightly different Apollo program. The Twelve who walked on the Moon had been dubbed Apostles. In 2020, Joe gets to return and do something different this time. The introduction reminds us that we are approaching the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and this story is a nice little tribute to it.

Chazz's parents take him on a vacation to a strange therapy camp in "Camp Nowhere" by Kit Reed. Chazz is bored out of his mind, until he starts to investigate what's going on in this chilling little piece.

R. Garcia y Robertson gives us high adventure in "SinBad the Sand Sailor". Called SinBad because he's an incompetent sinner, our hero is a smuggler who comes across a comatose woman out in the middle of the Barsoomian desert. He knows she will be taken by Slavers, so he buries the drugs he's smuggling and takes her aboard. He intends to take her to safety but things get more complicated in this delightful tale.

"Sleepless in the House of Ye" by Ian McHugh is the story of race of bisexual beings on another planet. The House of Ye is where the group in our story reside. Winter has come and the snows have collapsed part of the walls of the House and Poe, Chyu, and Gei must sacrifice much to defend those who are hibernating with spawn in their bellies. This was an interesting look at a totally alien race and what they must do to survive.

"Shoes-to-Run" by Sara Genge is the story of Shai-Shai, a young girl entering puberty who want to be a man. She can become a man if she successfully hunts and kills an animal. Set in some future in which tribes live outside a domed Paris, this was a pretty good story about an individual's quest to be something else.

The issue concludes with its cover story, "Earth II" by Stephen Baxter, a novella. Earth II is a planet settled four hundred years before the action of the story, by people from Earth fleeing the end of life there. It's different from the original Earth in many ways but people can survive. A long dead civilization had used most of the natural resources like oil and metals, so they live a somewhat primitive existence. For reasons I won't go into, women have become the warriors and Xaia is one such warrior queen. After conquering a rival country, she sets out to find a city of the original inhabitants. This was a story rich in detail and interesting characters and well worth reading.

All in all, Asimov's does well with its 402st issue. Subscribe!

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