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May/June 2017

We’ve managed to stuff an entire short novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch into our May/June 2017 issue. “The Runabout” finds the always-intrepid Boss and her team salvaging Dignity Vessels in the Boneyard. Apparently abandoned by the mysterious Fleet thousands of years earlier, this graveyard is rich with ships carrying the powerful anacapa drive. The drive allows faster than light travel and, some think, it may also provide a method for traveling through time. One small runabout could hold an answer, but exploring the ship will be extremely dangerous. Success isn’t guaranteed, and searching the runabout may not be worth the terrible toll it could take on Boss and her crew. Don’t miss this thrilling tale.

Karen Joy Fowler returns to Asimov’s with an eerie story about “Persephone of the Crows”; an intriguing series concerning pilgrims by James Gunn begins with “The Escape of the Adastra: Asha’s Story”; Peter Wood drolly wonders if we’re “Tired of the Same Old Quests”; while Dale Bailey invites some troubled young people to “Come As You Are”; William Preston suggests we watch an alarmingly “Good Show”; Leah Cypess conducts a chilling investigation of life “On the Ship”; Jay O’Connell introduces us to “The Best Man”; the repercussions of genetic engineering are examined in Ian McHugh’s “Triceratops”; and in “Night Fever,” Will Ludwigsen offers us a deeply disturbing alternate-history depiction of the seventies.

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections column updates us with “Advertisments for Myself”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net compares “Harry and Dot”; Norman Spinrad’s On Books warns of “Wolockification”; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.  

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The Runabout

by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Choral music. Sixteen voices, perfect harmony, singing without words. Chords shifting in a pattern. First, third, fifth, minor sixth, and down again. I can hear them, running up and down the scales like a waterfall, their chorus twice as loud as the rest of the music floating through the Boneyard. READ MORE

Short Stories

The Best Man

by Jay O'Connell

“Gotta look sharp at my wedding, Bro.” Tate blinked me. “I bought you a gift.”

I was sipping my morning espresso while crafting an apology template for Novellus, the formerly-Swiss-but-now-Oceania-based Pharma Megacorp. Their retail gene-mod, Genipro, which protected against reproductive and gastric cancers, turned out to have unintended behavioral side effects now manifesting in teenage clients; specifically, a love of twangy country music—more specifically, the stylings of Slim Whitman. READ MORE


Sparking the Matter

by Tod McCoy

Peering out from the awning at the drizzle
that started suddenly while in the bookstore
perusing the physics section  



Editorial: Anniversaries and Milestones

by Sheila Williams

I’ve been entwined with Asimov’s for more than half my lifetime and share certain milestones and anniversaries with the magazine. I assumed the position of editorial assistant on June 24, 1982, a couple of months after the magazine’s fifth anniversary. Although my name first appeared in the January 1983 masthead, I worked on three 1982 issues—November, December, and Mid-December.  READ MORE


Reflections: Advertisements for Myself

by Robert Silverberg

Advertisements for Myself is the name of a book of essays, poems, fragments of unfinished novels, and short stories by Norman Mailer, published in 1959, which stirred a considerable bit of attention at the time. It has nothing to do with science fiction, which these columns are ostensibly about, but bear with me a moment. READ MORE


On the Net: Harry and Dot

by James Patrick Kelly

Our Harry Potter moment has lasted some twenty years now and counting; as I write this we are still a month away from the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the latest communique from the Potterverse. An entire generation has grown up dreaming of wizardry.   READ MORE


On Books

by Norman Spinrad

I am writing this toward the end of 2016, the fifteenth anniversary of the longest war in American history. Fandom and the show biz media at large is celebrating the fiftieth birthday of Star Trek and yet another Star Wars iteration has been released. 



The SF Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Memorial Day will soon be here. Consider BaltiCon (where I’ll be), BayCon, ConQuest and MisCon. Till then, there’s RavenCon (me again), MarCon, Oasis, OdysseyCon, DemiCon, KeyCon, Ad Astra and ConStellation. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. READ MORE

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