Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2016

Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2016CONTENTSNovelettes Ten Poems For The Mossums, One For The Man By Suzanne Palmer Project Entropy By Dominica Phetteplace Nobody Like Josh By Robert Thurston Lost Mind By Will McIntoshShort Stories Filtered By Leah Cypess Masked By Rich Larson The Savior Virus By Jack Skillingstead Webs By Mary Anne MohanrajPoetry Cenotaph Moon By Robert Borski Chimpans And Humanzees By John Philip Johnson It Came From Outer Space By David G Turner Among The Ruins By A E AshDepartments Editorial The 2016 Dell Magazines Award By Sheila Williams Reflections Persons From Porlock By Robert Silverberg On Books By Paul Di Filippo SF Conventional Calendar By Erwin S Strauss Asimov S Science Fiction, July 2016, Vol 40, No 7 Whole No 486 Sheila Williams, EditorCover Art By Maurizio Manzieri Webs Mary Anne Mohanraj The setting harks back to Golden Age sci fi the colony world where happy settlers set up the equivalent of picket fences and neighbors sit down and have a glass of wine together after dinner, as they watch the children play., after a hard day of doing their part Except all the settlers aren t so happy Resentment and prejudice are sweeping through this world, and are about to come to a head, with violent riots As the story opens, one neig
A fair issue that was worth reading Project Entropy by Dominica Phetteplace The 4th story Phetteplace has written in this near future world for Asimov s this year last issue it was Project Symmetry The series is really growing on me This story is told from the point of view of Antoinette, Bel s friend, rather than Bel herself In the previous installment, Antoinette s experimental AI chip was removed, and she finds herself lonely adjusting to life without her constant companion And we learn about the circumstances of the AI s removal, and besides Clearly Phetteplace has a longer game in mind for this story The series is also slowly refining its worldview of a San Francisco that s only for the wealthy 1%, with the rest banished to the suburbs unless they prove really useful as servants to the wealthy Solid storytelling with flawed but entertaining characters, and a promise of to come, which I m looking forward to Lost Mind by Will McIntosh This story starts with a weird premise that could almost be classified as absurd To avoid Alzheimer s, a woman
This was a good edition of the monthly digest with 8 stories for the month as well as various editorials columns, book reviews and poems What struck me as I read through these is that several felt like they had a better story to tell but it wasn t there The idea was better than the telling There are a couple of weak stories but also several better ones to balance these out No real favorite for me among the stories, although I would probably say Looking for Josh by Robert Thurston if pushed A story about an alien stranded on earth and the town where he lived his life, but the story is really about a man who grew up around Josh Oddly, 7 of the 8 primary authors have their name on the cover Thurston does not One of the 4 poems I really liked Chimpans and Humanzees by John Philip Johnson Filtered by Leah Cypess was especially frustrating as I thought perhaps something profound was going to show up as it deals with a near future facebook type world where the feed is all important and
I enjoy the Reflections columns of Robert Silverberg, especially when he talks about what inspires him This month was Persons from Porlock, where Samuel Taylor Coleridge was reading Samuel Purchas compilation of explorers narratives, Purchas His Pilgrimes Written in the 17th Century, spelling didn t count There Coleridge read about Xanadu and Kubla Khan which lead to Coleridge s poem, Kubla Khan Mr Silverberg manages to tie this in to science fiction, specifically a story titled Persons from Porlock by Raymond F Jones Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man is how a poet copes with being isolated on an alien planet In Masked, the teenaged narrator discovers what it means to let the mask go The poem Chimpans and Humanzees is a poignant reflection on where human chimp hybrids would fit into
Highlight Die Novelle Lost Mind von Will McIntosh Tolle, spannende, ber hrende Schnitzeljagd rund um die Welt.