Hugo Award-winning author, Will McIntosh’s intriguing July 2016 novelette begins with the traditional SF concept of virtual life after death and fast veers in startling and unexpected directions. Can a “Lost: Mind” be recovered? Finding the answer will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
With new plot twists and characters, Dominica Phetteplace’s “Project Entropy”—part of her continuing series about human and AI coexistence—also moves in unanticipated directions; Jack Skillingstead’s deeply unsettling new tale looks at the consequences
of “The Savior Virus”; Rich Larson unveils reality to a couple of “Masked” young women; in her first appearance in Asimov’s, Mary Anne Mohanraj attempts to untangle the “Webs” created by suspicion and jealousy in time to save a young life; in his first Asimov’s appearance in more than thirty years, Robert Thurston explains why there’s “Nobody Like Josh”; Leah Cypess’s chilling and convincing depiction of the near future examines the ways we will “Filter” our news and our lives; and Suzanne Palmer’s charming and bittersweet novelette ultimately reveals why there are “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man.”
In his July Reflections column, Robert Silverberg muses on the mystery surrounding certain “Persons from Porlock”; works reviewed by Paul Di Filippo include books by Gene Wolfe, Nancy Kress, and Christopher Fowler; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.
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by Suzanne Palmer
Not that he really understands how the house floor works, given the odd impositions of the world surrounding him. It works, though; radiating warmth up through his feet as he paces, casting furtive glances back at the replica of an ancient machine where it sits upon a replica of an ancient desk, through which he has been trying to pull—tap tap—new words. READ MORE
by Will McIntosh
I held Mimi’s hand as a nurse wearing a sari pushed the IV needle through the loose, spotted skin at the crook of her elbow.
“I’m scared. I want to go home.”
The nurse patted Mimi’s shoulder. She didn’t understand the words, but Mimi’s tone told her everything. READ MORE
by A. E. Ash
How I am here? I do not know the plot twist, the punch-line.
Only, they did not unearth me, did not know me as life—
bleeding out, no pulse while others blinked away into void.
by Sheila Williams
This year’s trip to the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts was spent in a whirl of activity. In addition to academic papers, author readings, banquets, and the awards ceremony, it was a celebration of major life events. Thursday night saw a surprise birthday party for well-known SF and fantasy critic Gary K. Wolfe and a compelling memorial for storied editor David G. Hartwell. Sunday morning brought us the beautiful wedding of Rebecca McNulty and Bernie Goodman. READ MORE
by Robert Silverberg
In the summer of 1798 (he later said it was 1797, but he was always bad about dates) the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in poor health and living just then near the village of Porlock near Somerset, was browsing through one of the ponderous folios of Samuel Purchas’ great seventeenth-century compilation of explorers’ narratives, Purchas His Pilgrimes, when sleep overtook him just as he was reading these lines: “In Xandu did Cublai Can build a stately Palace, encompassing sixteene miles of plaine ground with a wall,... READ MORE
by Paul Di Filippo
Aside from his intermittent Bryant and May mysteries, U.K. author Christopher Fowler is not one of those authors who likes to repeat himself, to concoct some fan-favorite franchise and milk it. His diverse novels reflect what appears to be a wide-ranging, all-engaging intelligence, a curious talent that wants to amuse us and amuse itself by investigating as many different corners of this eccentric universe as possible.
by Erwin S. Strauss
Summer used to be a slow time, but no more. Check out 4th Street Fantasy, SoonerCon, the Locus awards, InConJunction, WesterCon, ReaderCon (where I’ll be), LibertyCon and ConGregate. And don’t forget WorldCon. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans.