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March/April 2018

The March/April 2018 issue features Bill Johnson’s blockbuster novella, “Bury Me in the Rainbow.” This exciting tale is a stand-alone sequel to Bill’s 1998 Hugo-Award-winner “We Will Drink a Fish Together.” Don’t miss this taut standoff between tough Dakota locals and unpredictable aliens.

In addition to Bill’s giant story, we’ve managed to include “Dix,” a thrilling new novella by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and we’ve filled the issue to bursting with other tales. Rachel Swirsky & Trace Yulie make their Asimov’s debut with “Seven Months Out and Two to Go”; Robert Reed serenades us with “Love Songs for the Very Awful”; Sean Monaghan investigates “The Billows of Sarto”; James Gunn’s Transcendence series reaches a climax with “The Waiting Room: The Pedia’s Story” and “Attack on Terminal: The Pilgrims’ Story”; “Because Reasons,” new-to-Asimov’s author Alexandra Renwick sort of explains; Rich Larson attempts to give us some advice “In Event of Moon Disaster”; Ray Nayler offers us “A Threnody for Hazan; Rudy Rucker takes a humorous look at “Emojis”; Mary Robinette Kowal reveals the advantages of “Artisanal Trucking, LLC”; and we embark on a dangerous voyage in James Van Pelt’s “Queen of the River: the Harbor Hope.”

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections spends some time “Rereading Fletcher Pratt”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net asks “Is the Internet Broken?”; Peter Heck’s On Books reviews works by John Kessel, Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Moon, Alan Smale, and others; plus we’ll have an array of poetry and other features you’re sure to enjoy.  

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by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

For the rest of her life, Yash Zarlengo would replay that last night in her mind, going over each and every detail, looking for something different—a clue, perhaps, a missed signal.

She never found one that satisfied her.

Yash and Jonathan “Coop” Cooper had been sitting in their favorite bar in the Ivoire. The bar was really just an extension of the main commissary, but the ship’s designers had gone all out. The bar had twenty-five tables, organized in small groups, some with counters running behind them, and plants shielding the patrons. The tables were made of brass and some teak-colored wood. The chairs matched, except for the comfortable brass-colored cushions.



Bury Me in the Rainbow

by Bill Johnson

“People never think about what happens next.”

Oly adjusted his chaw, turned to the side, and spat a brown stream onto the winter dead/spring fresh grass just coming up.

“For God’s sake, Oly! We got company. At least use a can.”

Dakota—home—always made me feel comfortable and exasperated at the same time. Comfortable, because I was home, not stuck in one of those places where I just didn’t fit. Like New York or Los Angeles or D.C. or London or Beijing or . . .



Palate of the Babel Fish

by Todd Dillard

It’s too simple to say I subsist on brainwaves;
it’s the words that flavor your thoughts
I truly crave: the sizzling char of a “cataclysm,”...



Editorial: More Words About Some Words

by Sheila Williams

An exploration of the words that have appeared in Asimov’s fiction and poetry titles is possible due to the work of Asimov’s super fan, Piet Nel. Piet was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1954 and, apart from brief sojourns elsewhere, has lived there ever since. He has been a prosecutor, a senior state advocate (similar to our ADA) and, for more than a decade up to 2015, an acting regional magistrate. Piet tells us, “The latter work was done on a contract basis, but my contract ran out in 2015. I remain available, but no opportunities to return to work have arisen since then.  READ MORE


Reflections: Rereading Fletcher Pratt

by Robert Silverberg

Fletcher Pratt is one of the few important science fiction writers I never had a chance to meet. I began going to SF conventions in my teens, back in the early 1950s, when I lived in New York, then the center of the science fiction world, and very soon after that I precociously began my writing career, so it was my good luck to be able to meet just about everybody who had done anything important in science fiction since Hugo Gernsback started the pioneering magazine Amazing Stories in 1926. Nearly the whole crowd was still alive—Doc Smith, Ray Cummings, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson, all the founding fathers—and I encountered them and even came to regard some of them as friends. READ MORE


On the Net: Is the Internet Broken?

by James Patrick Kelly

n the last installment, we contrasted the current state of the internet with the vision some early adopters entertained of an online utopia of information exchange and elevated discourse. Here’s optimistic rhetoric from the 1996 A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace “We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge. Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule.” READ MORE


In Memoriam: Kit Reed

by Sheila Williams

Kit Reed, a master of wit and social satire, mentor of many authors, and a good friend of mine, died on September 24, 2017. Kit’s first science fiction story, “The Wait,” was published in F&SF in April 1958. Her last tale, “Disturbance in the Produce Aisle,” appeared in Asimov’s September/October 2017 issue. READ MORE


On Books

by Paul Di Filippo

This ambitious science fiction novel depicts the fate of a utopian society surrounded by others that are threatened by its founding principles—even when the founders tried to create a society where violence would be all but unthinkable. READ MORE


The SF Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

This time, consider Life, the Universe and Everything, CapriCon, Boskone (where I’ll be), ConDFW, RadCon, PicoCon, MystiCon, HELIOsphere (me again), MidSouthCon, FogCon, Norwescon, MiniCon and RavenCon (me). Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. READ MORE