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The Sixteenth Circumstance
John Richard Trtek

Sisters of the Flare
Stephen Case

What They Didn’t Do
Mary Soon Lee


The 2024 Dell Magazines Awards
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The Vampires of Poland
Robert Silverberg

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Welcome to Asimov’s Science Fiction. Fulfilling a lifelong goal, I started my career with Asimov’s in 1982 believing it was the best magazine on earth. I still do.

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine continues to bring together celebrated authors, new talent, and award-winning stories, poems, and articles as it has for over 35 years. The premier literary magazine in the genre, Asimov’s rewards readers with an exciting new trove of adventures in each issue that transport them on journeys examining the human experience across the Universe.

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John Richard Trtek’s exciting July/August 2024 novelette thrusts the charming Monsieur Picot into “The Sixteenth Circumstance,” while Stephen Case brings enthralling intrigue to the “Sisters of the Flare.” You’ll also find out why R. Garcia y Robertson’s adventurers are “Untouchable”! Don’t miss this issue!

Alex Irvine spins the boys of summer around the Solar System  in “You Know Me Al”; Mark D. Jacobsen attempts to lift “The Weight of Oceans”; Robert Morrell, Jr., who’s new to Asimov’s pens a wry novelette about “A Family Matter”; Genevieve Valentine, who’s also new to the magazine, depicts a terrifying New York City that’s “Future Perfect”; and our third new author, Kenneth Schneyer, portrays a shattering situation in “Tamaza’s Future and Mine.” A teen in our new tale from Leah Cypess discovers that her universe has been “Flipped”; Susan Palwick attempts to redeem a difficult and potentially deadly situation with “Yarns”; and James Van Pelt schools us in why it’s vitally important that “This Good Lesson Keep.”

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The Sixteenth Circumstance
by John Richard Trtek

Favoring handholds over harness, Monsieur Picot employed but a light touch to keep himself seated while contemplating the planetary limb of Aphalaon, whose mottled blue and ochre curve was overlaid with threads of white. To the Frenchman’s eye, it was a vision meant to be painted rather than merely scanned, but since none among his current crew were artists in that sense, he could only lean back and make do with this electronic rendition—and feel grateful that those pale obscurations were water clouds, for he had always found sleep difficult within the confines of an exoskin. READ MORE

Sisters of the Flare
by Stephen Case

What I learned is that the substance of time is laid down, like the weave of a tapestry, and we are always only on the leading edge where the threads come together. Once the moment passes, the structure remains, and it remains unalterable. To change the position of a single thread is as impossible as changing the course of a single lonely star—and as futile.

Events in the past, the sisters theologicia would tell me, have an ontological weight as significant and unyielding as objects in space. They are, and they offer no more explanation or justification than a stone or a planetoid does.

Why the rain of darkness first came to Corvus. READ MORE


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