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November/December 2017

We are pleased to announce that Asimov’s November/December 2017 issue will launch a brand new novella by SFWA Grand Master Connie Willis. “I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land” welcomes us into that little shop around the corner and thence into the subterranean mysteries of New York City. With all the twists and turns, you’ll soon be as lost as her hapless traveller. This is an intriguing tale that you won’t want to miss!

November/December caps our stellar anniversary year with its own stellar line up: Norman Spinrad looks at the consequences of “The Nanny Bubble”; Greg Egan investigates “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine”; “And No Torment Shall Touch Them” if James Patrick Kelly can rescue his characters from the machinations of a difficult relative; James Gunn’s saga continues with “Love and Death and the Star that Shall Not Be Named: Kom’s Story”; Jason Sanford reveals the harsh secrets infusing “Nine Lattices of Sargasso”; and new author Emily Taylor quietly shows us what’s been “Skipped.”  We’ll go “Timewalking” with Michael Cassutt; find ourselves “Afloat Above a Floor of Stars” alongside Tom Purdom; hear the moving “Confessions of a Con Girl” in Nick Wolven’s bittersweet short story; meet Joel Richards’ desperate “Operators”; join Jack McDevitt for the “Last Dance”; and, with Rick Wilber, we may find ourselves on the wrong side of town “In Dublin, Fair City.”

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections column discusses walls in Westeros and “Gog and Magog”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net goes to the “Time Party”; Peter Heck reviews Norman Spinrad, Peter S. Beagle, China Miéville, James P. Blaylock, Jack Womack, and others; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and additional features you’re sure to enjoy.   

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Novella

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land

by Connie Willis

The terrible thing about Manhattan is that all the streets look alike. And I can hear New Yorkers screaming bloody murder already, asking indignantly, “How can you say that? The Village and the Upper West Side look nothing alike, and how could you possibly confuse SoHo with Midtown?” and bleating about Carnegie Hall and Penn Station and the Met, but that’s not what I’m talking about. READ MORE

Novelettes

The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine

by Greg Egan

“What is it, exactly, that you’re threatening to do to me?” The client squinted down at his phone, looking more bemused and weary than belligerent, as if he’d been badgered and harassed by so many people that the only thing bothering him about this call was the time it was taking to reach the part where he was given an ultimatum. READ MORE

Poetry

How to Die on a Faraway Planet

by H. Mellas

You can’t plan it. 

When you find yourself
running 

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Departments

Editorial: Excelsior!

by Sheila Williams

Asimov’s fortieth anniversary year has been filled with great fiction and a lot of fun. We were thrilled to receive tales from long-time favorites who hadn’t appeared in our pages for a while—like Connie Willis, Karen Joy Fowler, R. Garcia y Robertson, and Harry Turtledove—and to encounter the works of new authors such as Cadwell Turnbull, Andrea M. Pawley, and Emily Taylor. We were also very pleased with the stories we published by authors who appear more regularly in the magazine.  READ MORE

 
 

Reflections: Gog & Magog

by Robert Silverberg

In recent years some of you may have watched a fairly popular television show called Game of Thrones, the plot of which concerns a struggle for power in the fictional continent of Westeros. One conspicuous feature of the landscape of Game of Thrones is a colossal wall of solid ice, three hundred miles long and seven hundred feet high, built thousands of years earlier than the time of the story to prevent an assortment of dangerous marauders—“wildlings,” zombies, the mysterious White Walkers, and various other creatures—from descending out of the north and attacking... READ MORE

 
 
 

On the Net: Time Party

by James Patrick Kelly

On June 28, 2009, the celebrated physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking threw a party www.youtube.com/watch?v=elah3i_WiFI. It was a catered affair, complete with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Hawking was meticulous in creating his invitations, giving not only the address of the hall at Cambridge University, but its exact coordinates in hyperspace. READ MORE

 
 

On Books

by Peter Heck

Spinrad is in top form with this near-future novel set in a New Orleans that has felt the brunt of global warming and sea level rise without abandoning the “good times roll” spirit that defines the Crescent City.

We see the story through three characters. J.B. Lafitte is a wheeler-dealer who has a finger in almost every sleazy deal that goes on in the city. READ MORE

 
 

The SF Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Another jam-packed schedule. Check out MileHiCon, VCon, PhilCon (where I’ll be), WindyCon, OryCon, SFContario, LosCon, ChessieCon (me again), and SMOFCon (me yet again). But don’t be afraid to try an off-trail event. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. READ MORE