Leah Cypess, who now lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland, wrote her first short story—in which the narrator was an ice cream cone—at the age of six, and sold her first piece of fiction while in high school. Leah is the author of four fantasy novels published by HarperCollins: Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn, and Death Marked. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. In her latest story for us, the author’s characters travel on a very long journey . . . On the Ship
A number of Dale Bailey’s 2016 tales will be reprinted in anthologies like Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy And Horror. Dale tells us, “The current story grew out of a three a.m. crisis of the soul, death looming, the impossibility of ever really knowing anyone, etc. Although pretty sophomoric stuff, it did get me thinking about what it would be like if we could ever really get inside another person’s head, really get to know them, I mean, from the inside out. That idea raised another question—do we ever really even know ourselves?”
William Preston shares his house with his hound; his three daughters have all grown and gone off into the sciences. A bookstore/café near his eldest daughter inspired the setting for much of the present story, while Rainer on Film got him thinking about a tale to tell.
James Gunn. “Asha’s Story” is a further development of the world created by James Gunn in his 2013 novel, Transcendental (Tor). This tale is the first in a series of stories that transform the narratives of pilgrims on the spaceship Geoffrey into stories about their presence on the pilgrimage. We will be publishing further tales in this series. Knowledge of Transcendental, or its sequel, Transgalactic (Tor 2016), are not necessary for the enjoyment of these stories. The third volume in the trilogy, Transformation, will be out in June. June will also see the release of Michael R. Page’s book about Jim, Saving the World Through Science Fiction from McFarland and Company.
Will Ludwigsen has never quite been able to shake the influence of his early childhood in 1970s New York, but then, he hasn’t really tried that hard. He returns there in this alternate history tale about which evils are inevitable to their time and which are not. For your full immersion, he has made a playlist for this story on Spotify. You can find it there by searching for his name. He accepts no blame for any hustling that ensues.
Peter Wood is an attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is his fifth time in Asimov’s. He likes quest stories as much as the next guy, but wonders if perhaps even the most truly riveting of journeys might become mundane after a while. Wouldn’t those gallant adventurers yearn for something more and become . . . Tired of the Same old Quests?
Jay O’Connell tells us, “Some stories are harder to write than others. This one was a struggle, but it speaks to the wild streak of optimism that runs under the surface of my rational mind, that leaps out in stories, which is why I write them. Thanks to my workshoppers and friends and family for helping to keep my head in this game, and to Asimov’s for sharing my work, as I try and fail and try again to be the best writer, the best ally, the best man, I can possibly be.”
Ian McHugh’s www.ianmchugh.wordpress.com debut short story collection, Angel Dust, was shortlisted for Australia’s Aurealis Awards in 2015. Aside from his previous publications in Asimov’s, his work has appeared in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, among other venues. Ian’s latest tale examines the unexpected consequences that, for better or worse, may be brought on by genetic engineering.
Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. She’s written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2014. The author lives in Santa Cruz, California. Asimov’s has been publishing stories by Karen since the eighties, but it’s been ten years since we’ve seen a new tale from her. We’re glad she’s returned now with this haunting look at . . .Persephone of the Crows
Kristine Kathryn Rusch. We are pleased to present you with what we believe is a first-time event in the forty-year history of Asimov’s: A complete short novel published in a single issue of the magazine. Our new expanded length allows us to do this, and when we saw The Runabout, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s lastest work, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity! The author’s Diving series started with the Asimov-Reader’s-Award winning novella “Diving into the Wreck,” which was first published in December of 2005. From there the series grew to include five novels, and several novellas (all published in Asimov’s first). The most recent book in the series, The Falls, (WMG Publishing 2016) tells a side story without the usual characters. To celebrate the publication of the newest tale in this exciting series, The Runabout, WMG Publishing has released all of the books in new editions.