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March/April 2023

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Gravesend, or, Everyday Life in the Anthropocene
Paul McAuley

Night Running
Greg Egan

The Treachery of Images
Mary Soon Lee

Visiting 1983
Sheila Williams

The Kensington Stone
Robert Silverberg

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We’re excited to be publishing a lovely new novella by Paul J. McAuley in Asimov’s March/April 2023 issue! “Gravesend, or, Everyday Life in the Anthropocene” transports us to a future Britain where a young woman comes of age while coping with the effects of climate change. It’s a lyrical and imaginative tale that is not to be missed. 

In “The Case of the Blood-Stained Tower,” Ray Nayler provides us with another lyrical tale, this time in the deep and mysterious past; Greg Egan considers the benefits and costs of “Night Running”; Octavia Cade enthralls us with a post apocalyptic  tale about a ghost and “Ernestine”; Sam J. Miller’s poignant story lets us know what it means to be “Planetstuck”; Gregory Feeley composes a mad song about “The Breaking of Vessels”; Sheila Finch exposes some “Wanton Gods”: a  dangerous situ­ation confronts a technician in “The Repair” by new author Mark D. Jacobsen; an equally dire situation occurs on K.A. Teryna’s generation spaceship “The Errata”; Paul Di Filippo & Bruce Sterling introduce us to “The Queen of Rhode Island”; and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s researcher uncovers more than one painful truth while investigating “The Nameless Dead.”

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Gravesend, or, Everyday Life in the Anthropocene
by Paul McAuley

“The Anthropocene is an epoch of ghosts.”  —Anne McClintock

Rose Hathaway was discharged with a General Service medal, a one-off payment from the Armed Forces Compensation Office, and damage from a psych bomb jangling in her head. Although she was still haunted by glimpses of ghosts and a general feeling of low-level dread that sometimes flared into full-blown panic, the medics in the rehab clinic claimed that her symptoms were either psychosomatic or escalations of preexisting conditions, and no further treatment was possible.

“If they don’t think it’s real, why are we supposed to keep dosed up with phenelzine?” her friend Ollie McBride said, when he and Rose were given notice of their discharge. “Mean to say, it’s serious old-style pharma—just check out the side effects. Schizophrenia, seizures, sexual dysfunction, suicidal behaviors? And that’s not even half the S’s. Not to mention we’re supposed to avoid soy sauce, sauerkraut, kimchi. . . . Hell with that. Love me some kimchi, no better cure for a hangover.” READ MORE


Night Running
by Greg Egan

Luke heard the ping of the elevator arriving and glanced at the time on his screen: 9:49 pm. It was probably the cleaners coming through. The Roombas had started on the carpets about an hour before, but Ray and Elaine, the middle-aged couple who’d told Luke they’d held the cleaning contract for the building for the last eight years, still needed to empty the trash and wipe down all the desks and cubicle partitions.

He rose to his feet and rolled his neck for a few seconds, wondering if he should take their arrival as his cue to leave. The task he’d hoped to finish was now looking even more stubbornly intractable than when he’d begun, and if he didn’t get home before eleven he’d have no chance to do anything but fall into bed. He needed to spend an hour with a book, a game, or a TV show, just to lay down a clear memory that separated each day from the next, or he ended up back at his desk in the morning feeling like he’d never been away. READ MORE

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