The May/June 2018 Asimov’s is another double issue packed with blockbuster novellas. David Gerrold and Ctein give us the thrilling tale of “Bubble and Squeak.” Two men must defy the odds if they have a hope of surviving the deluge once a massive tsunami hits Los Angeles. The characters are compelling, and the action is relentless in this unforgettable tale. Not to be outdone, Rick Wilber and Alan Smale combine their amazing talents to bring us “The Wandering Warriors.” This exhilarating novella tells the dire story of a hapless barnstorming baseball team suddenly transported to ancient Rome. It will be hard to put down these suspenseful tales before you reach their gripping conclusions.
The tension (and dynamic writing teams) continues with Sandra McDonald and Stephen D. Covey’s story of time travel, climate change, and the heart breaking desire to get “Time Enough to Say Goodbye.” The rest of the issue is packed with individualists: bestselling author Jane Lindskold’s first tale for Asimov’s reveals the chaos wreaked by “Unexpected Flowers”; Cadwell Turnbull’s bittersweet story shows what happens when “The Rains Come Back”; in Sue Burke’s new tale, life on Earth can be as terrifying as “Life from the Sky”; Peter Wood takes us on quite a ride in “Riverboats, Robots, and Ransom in the Regular Way”; Nancy Kress scrutinizes “The Cost of Doing Business”; Paul Park investigates what goes into “Creative Nonfiction”; and Marc Laidlaw drolly tops the issue off with “A Mammoth, So-Called.”
Robert Silverberg’s Reflections captivatingly compares “Circe and Doctor Moreau”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net examines “The Art of Algorithms”; guest editorialist Jay Cole invites us to spend “A Semester with Isaac Asimov”; Norman Spinrad’s On Books considers “Alternate Alternate Histories”; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.
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by Rick Wilber & Alan Smale
It was a steamy July night. We were filling up the tank of our old Ford Transit bus at Ambler’s Texaco in Dwight, Illinois, when Quentin Williams, one of our two “Cubans” on the Warriors, had the great idea of getting off the dependable concrete of Route 66 and taking the back roads down to Decatur.
We were all standing around, some of the players smoking and a few spitting out tobacco juice from their chaw while a few of us—me included—drank cold pop from the station’s icebox.
by David Gerrold & Ctein
Hu Son ran.
He ran for the joy of it, for the exhilaration—for that moment of hitting the wall and breaking through into the zone, that personal nirvana of physical delight. What others called “runner’s high.” A sensation like flight—Hu’s feet didn’t pound the ground, they tapped it as he soared through the early morning air.
A bright blue cloudless sky foretold a beautiful day. A sky so clear and deep you could fall into it and never come back. Later, the day would heat up, glowing with a summery yellow haze, but right now—at this special moment—the beachfront basked in its own perfect promise.
by Robert Borski
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by Jay Cole
Growing up reading (idolizing would be more accurate) Isaac Asimov, I never imagined that one day I would teach a college class about him. My first encounter with the Good Doctor was when I picked up a Perma-Bound© (remember those?) copy of Fantastic Voyage from my small but eclectic middle school library. Soon afterward, during a trip to Walden Books (remember those?) I asked a clerk where I could find more books by Asimov. Serendipitously, she showed me the science section, and there, on the left side of the top shelf (because the books were in alphabetical order), was Asimov on Physics in paperback. READ MORE
by Robert Silverberg
Odysseus, in his ten-year-long journey to his homeland of Ithaca after the Trojan War, comes to an island off Italy where smoke can be seen rising from a dwelling in the midst of a dense forest. He splits his crew into two groups, remaining aboard ship himself to supervise necessary maintenance and sending his second-in-command, Eurylochus, inland with twenty-two men to reconnoiter. READ MORE
by James Patrick Kelly
I’m listening to music composed by Emily Howell as I write—from her album From Darkness, Light www.amazon.com/Emily-Howell-CHABRIER-CHOPIN-DEBUSSY/dp/B003JTUE1Y. I’m afraid that her headlong Prelude gallops a bit too fast for my taste but her Fugue II www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd__bsIDih0 is pleasantly complex, reminiscent of Bach. Emily was just a teen when this album was released and I think she shows promise. I’m tempted to send her a fan note but she wouldn’t be able to read it. You see, Emily is the brainchild of David Cope http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/cope, a composer and professor of music at UC Santa Cruz. She’s a computer program. READ MORE
We are saddened by the passing of SFWA Grandmaster Ursula K. Le Guin. Works such as The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, “The Word for World is Forest,” and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” permanently changed the SF landscape. Her ineffaceable Earthsea series did the same for fantasy. READ MORE
by Norman Spinrad
Arguably Mark Twain invented both the time travel novel and the alternate history novel with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Indeed, it was the template of what followed decades later to become not just one but two interconnected sub-genres of science fiction. Or perhaps just “SF.” For while both of them are usually marketed as science fiction, not fantasies, they have the elements of both. They can, and most often are, written without violating known laws of mass and energy. READ MORE
by Erwin S. Strauss
Memorial Day is the biggest con weekend of the year. My picks for the big occasion are BaltiCon (I’m the Fan GoH), ConQuesT, BayCon, MisCon and Satellite. Till then, there’re DemiCon, MarCon and KeyCon. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. READ MORE