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July/August 2017

You’ll find two fast-paced novellas in Asimov’s July/August 2017 issue. In “How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry,” Alexander Jablokov reveals that much is going on beneath the surface in this endlessly inventive tale. Exterminators, dangerous aliens, internecine business deals, a nosy detective, and laundry all come into play in a tale about a planet full of mysteries. Adventure also abounds with abductions, civil war, and spaceships in R. Garcia y Robertson’s hurtling story about “The Girl Who Stole Herself.” You won’t want to miss either of these enthralling tales!

Rudy Rucker & Marc Laidlaw return to Asimov’s with a wacky new story about how a couple of surfer dudes discover the secret of “@lantis”; James Gunn introduces us to a couple of pilgrims with ulterior motives as his series continues with “Transcendental Mission: Riley’s Story” and “Weighty Matters: Tordor’s Story; new author Cadwell Turnbull spins a poignant tale about “Other Worlds and This One”; while Lisa Goldstein offers a disturbing glimpse of the future in “Annabelle, Annie”; “The Patient Dragon” calmly bides its time in David Gerrold’s new short thriller; Sheila Finch conducts some heartbreaking “Field Studies”; Michael Bishop introduces us to the enigmatic “Gale Strang”; and get ready for more tension and intrigue when you and Rich Larson spend “An Evening with Severyn Grimes.”

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections column contemplates collaborative SF writers “Sharing Worlds”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net commands us to “Hold the Phones!”; Paul Di Filippo’s On Books considers new works from Robert Silverberg, Carrie Vaughn, Connie Willis, Rick Wilber, and others; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.  

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How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry

by Alexander Jablokov

My potential client, Mirquell, played it safe. I had to find a specific woman, who, if I seemed suitable, would then tell me how to get to Mirquell. But when I found that woman, after struggling through a maze of unfamiliar streets between two hills that made up the neighborhood of Drur, instead of telling me where to go, she tried to put me to work. READ MORE


The Girl Who Stole Herself

by R. Garcia y Robertson

Amanda went straight to her room, sealing the cybertight door behind her. Safe at last, she relaxed. No one could access her bedroom, not even House. Running on internal fuel cells, behind shielded walls, her bedroom had no connections to the greater cosmos. Not everyone respected her privacy. Half dissected on her desk, a plasti-metal dragonfly sat under a microscope, solar cell wings spread wide. READ MORE



by Bruce McAllister

When the big bees that eat wood come flying out
of the dead tree in the canyon, looking like felons
because they’re orange instead of black... 



Editorial: The 2017 Dell Magazine Awards

by Sheila Williams

This winner of the 2017 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing should be a familiar name to anyone who’s been following my columns for the past few years. Taimur Ahmad’s previous stories were honorable mentions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Princeton graduate received an honorable mention again this year for his tale “Everyone Is Split,” but he picked up his plaque and five-hundred-dollar first-place prize... READ MORE


Reflections: Sharing Worlds

by Robert Silverberg

Science fiction writers are notoriously individualistic in their private lives, political positions, and professional demeanor. SF is a field richly populated with lone wolves, libertarians, bohemians, nonconformists of every stripe. They tend to think their own thoughts and go their own way. Some of them resist editorial tinkering with their work with bright purple ferocity and are usually unhappy in the fundamentally collaborative atmosphere of a place like Hollywood... READ MORE


On the Net: Hold the Phones!

by James Patrick Kelly

I am typing this in the afternoon of Black Friday This morning, while in the throes of the mass hysteria that captures so many of my fellow Americans around this time, I went to my local Apple store to trade in my aged iPhone 5s for a newer model. READ MORE


On Books

by Paul Di Filippo

When you consult Robert Silverberg’s bibliography at ISFDB, after the immense fiction listings you will see several pages devoted to all his editing work, on both original anthologies and reprint collections. The total is astonishing and would constitute an entire career for some other, less-prolific person. Yet because of his dominant profile as a creative fantasist, no one ever characterizes him, as they should, as “Bob Silverberg, Master Anthologist.” That’s a decided oversight. READ MORE


The SF Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Summer brings lots of activity away from the coasts, as well as WorldCon in Finland and NASFiC in San Juan. Consider SoonerCon, LibertyCon, InConJunction, WesterCon, ArmadilloCon, ConFluence and BuboniCon. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. READ MORE

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