In Sean Monaghan’s tense August 2016 novelette, unforeseen dangers have disrupted an interstellar journey. Although the work of self-sacrificing astronauts has kept the spaceship running for hundreds of years, the voyage may soon be permanently altered by fresh “Wakers.”
Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner Sandra McDonald’s “President John F. Kennedy, Astronaut” celebrates the spirit that motivates the brave men and women who are propelled to the stars in a wistful secret history of the space program; fellow Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner James Alan Gardner cunningly reveals “The Mutants Men Don’t See”; brand-new author Sieren Damsgaard Ernst looks deep into the past to explain the truth about “Kairos”; new to Asimov’s author Matthew Claxton examines the steep cost of bionic implants on the shores of “Patience Lake”; New York City is transformed beyond recognition in Jason Sanford’s “Toppers”; and renowned authors Kathe Koja & Carter Sholz skillfully introduce us to “KIT: Some Assembly Required.”
In his August Reflections column, Robert Silverberg delves into ancient texts to crack “The Software of Magic”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net shows that he’s “Thinking about Dinosaurs”; Paul Di Filippo reviews works by Judith Merril, Allen M. Steele, China Miéville, and others; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.
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by Jason Sanford
We be toppers. Toppers we be. Hanging off Empire State as cement and limestone crumble and fall. Looking down the lines and pulleys strung between nearby buildings. Eyeing the green-growing plants and gardens on the tall tall roofs. READ MORE
by James Alan Gardner
At 10:04 a.m. on a Thursday in November, Jason Foote slipped something into Matthew Stein’s beaker during Grade 10 chemistry. No one ever figured out what the substance was, but the result was an earsplitting bang. READ MORE
by Michael Meyerhofer
Trees are made from carbon, breath
turned solid. They are also made of cells.
by Sheila Williams
Some months ago, Kristine Kathryn Rusch asked me to write a guest blog for her www.womeninsciencefiction.com site. I could tackle any subject, as long as it had something to do with my own history and the influence of women on science fiction or me. While I pondered the myriad directions this essay could take, I read a submission by James Alan Gardner—a story called “The Mutants Men Don’t See” that you’ll in this issue. READ MORE
by Robert Silverberg
Last year, in the column for the July 2015 issue, I discussed Leechdoms, Wortcunning, and Starcraft, a multi-volume nineteenth-century collection of thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon charms, spells, and medicinal recipes. The book, a quaint thing indeed, provides instructions for ways to avoid sterility, for aid in childbirth, for the interpretation of dreams, for gout, for curing the bite of a poisonous spider, and many another facet of life. READ MORE
by Paul Di Filippo
Ariel Winter’s debut novel, The Twenty-Year Death, attracted instant attention for its masterful chutzpah: the book consisted of three sections (later published as separate paperbacks) which were homages or pastiches of three famous noir writers: Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson.
by James Patrick Kelly
Why are we (or is it just me?) so crazy about dinosaurs?
We’ve certainly been fascinated ever since the Victorians gave a name and a shape to these incredible animals. Perhaps it is because they loomed out of the mists of time so unexpectedly to challenge our notion of ourselves.
by Erwin S. Strauss
There’s still time to get to WorldCon. Till then, warm up at ConFluence, ArmadilloCon, DiversiCon and When Words Collide. Afterwards, recuperate at BuboniCon. We’ll get into the fall con season next time. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. READ MORE