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January/February 2018

Our forty-first year sweeps in with the January/February 2018 issue! Two action-packed novellas feature in this exciting installment. Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo take us back to the 1930s and the days of exploration for a thrilling adventure “In the Lost City of Leng.” Hugo Award-winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch rockets us forward in time for her breathtaking account of “The Rescue of the Renegat.” These tales will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout as you wonder who will survive till the curtain falls.

Multiple Hugo Award-winner Allen M. Steele escorts us once again to the planet Coyote for a dangerous journey to “The Barren Isle”; while we know the world may end in fire or ice, Hugo Award-winner Cixin Liu’s first tale for Asimov’s reveals just how perilous the pursuit of art can be in “The Sea of Dreams”; Mathew Hughes returns after too long an absence to expose us to some “Solicited Discordance”; the distinguished James Gunn continues his tales about pilgrims in “The Seeds of Consciousness: 4107’s Story” and “The Final Commandment: Trey’s Story”; new author S. Qiouyi Lu examines the stark choices facing a single parent and the sacrifices that may be made in “Mother Tongues”; Robert R. Chase brings us another thriller with “Assassins in the Clouds”; and Ian Creasey looks at the effect “The Equalizer” will have on tomorrow’s society.

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections on walls continues in “Gog and Magog II”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net advises that we  “Don’t Read the Comments”; James Gunn brings us a Thought Experiment on “Space Opera and the Quest for Transcendence”;  Paul Di Filippo’s On Books reviews works by Daryl Gregory, Jacqueline Carey, Cat Sparks, Neil Clarke, and others; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.  

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Novellas

In the Lost City of Leng

by Paul Di Filippo & Rudy Rucker

I was a kid full of dreams, looking for bigger ones. My job? Covering the crime beat for the Boston Globe. It was the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, 1933.

I had the newsroom to myself. My feckless coworkers had decamped en masse for early festivities, leaving me in charge. I had my dog Baxter for company. He was asleep on the floor by my desk. READ MORE

 
 

The Rescue of Renegat

by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The ship appeared out of foldspace, leaking atmosphere on both sides. Captain Kim Dauber caught the white edges of the ship before her bridge crew even noticed. She had been staring at the wall screen, trying to see the planet Vostrim as a whole, wondering if she needed to run a sector-wide diagnostic to make sure no part of the just-closed sector base was noticeable even when a ship was not in orbit. READ MORE

Poetry

Objects in Space

by Josh Pearce

Your pressure suit
holds you tight
(like my embraces)
in all the right places...

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Departments

Editorial: A Few Words About Some Words

by Sheila Williams

Well known as a terrific science fiction editor, Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld is also a terrific person. Neil ran some editorial pieces about frequently used titles in his April 2015 issue. Because he set up Asimov’s online submission system, Neil has access to the titles of our submissions, too. He offered to run a search of popular titles for me. I was reminded of this when he revisited the subject in his August 2017 issue, so I decided to take him up on the offer.  READ MORE

 
 

Reflections: Gog & Magog II

by Robert Silverberg

I spoke in last issue’s column about the medieval tales of the wall that Alexander the Great supposedly built in the Caucasus to keep the fierce barbarian tribes of Gog and Magog from breaking loose into Europe, a kind of prototype of the gigantic wall of ice that George R.R. Martin invented in his Game of Thrones series of fantasy novels story to prevent an assortment of dangerous marauders—“wildlings,” zombies, the mysterious White Walkers, and various other creatures—from coming down out of the north and attacking the civilized inhabitants of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. READ MORE

 
 
 

On the Net: Don't Read the Comments

by James Patrick Kelly

Science fiction has had its share of fan feuds, but the Sad Puppy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sad_Puppies uprising of recent memory was among the most disruptive—and pointless—in the history of our genre. Unlike the old time fannish dustups which took place at the glacial speed of the Postal Service, this one happened in real time on social media and blogs and comment sections. READ MORE

 
 

On Books

by Paul Di Filippo

“All baseline human families are alike; each wild talent family is wildly talented in its own way.”

If Leo Tolstoy had been a science fiction writer, he might have coined this aphorism. But since the famous Russian realist inexplicably failed to see the career wisdom in joining our genre, I have done the job for him.  READ MORE

 
 

The SF Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

As we enjoy the holidays, let’s look at the first quarter of 2018. I’ll be at Arisia, Boskone, and HELIOsphere. Just about any of the events described as “SF, fantasy, horror” should be good for us Asimovians. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. READ MORE

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