The first of three powerful novellas in the May/June 2024 issue is Rich Larson’s thrilling tale about a group of “Barbarians.” Complex and brutal interactions and betrayals make this story a true page turner/swiper!
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Our March/April 2024 issue is filled with fun! Alex Jablokow returns with a novella about his fashion-conscious, somewhat hapless detective living amid a multitude of aliens. This time we discover “How Sere Kept Herself Together.” We’re also featuring Peter Wood’s delightful novella about time travel, sibling rivalry, alternate sixties television shows, restaurant chains, and much more. Don’t hesitate to request “Une Time Machine S’il Vous Plait”!
Rajan Khanna creates a whimsical and bittersweet portrait of “The Last Cloud Painter”; Ray Nayler sears us with a tale about “Charon’s Final Passenger.” We have a quartet of authors whose fiction is new to Asimov’s: Faith Merino reveals that “There’s Nothing in the Attic” (probably); Ashok K. Banker relays “The Inefficiency of Pangenetic Self-Replication as a Theory at Anthrobotic Evolution by Yantra Arora”; Dr. Bunny McFadden flies in “Peck”; and Ian Baaske inventively shows that “The Man in the Moon Is a Lady.” In addition, Sandra McDonald brings us a thoughtful story about families, history, and “Turtles to the Sea”; and Lavie Tidhar awes us with a tale about love and loss and “Sunsets.”
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How Sere Kept Herself Together
by Alexander Jablokov
I huddled in the back of the transport barge as it putted its way down the canal. I’d had to jam my ass between a pump housing and a falling-over pile of fertilizer sacks. Any ripple on the water, and my knees smacked my chin. I’d been confident when I started my business: “Sere Glagolit, Private Inquiries.” A few months on, my bruised hips hinted that “desperate” was maybe a more appropriate mood.
My new client, Brice, had hidden himself here in Sryll District. He was probably the only Om around here. Humans tend to get skin conditions from the eternal wet, and it’s a mostly Qippi neighborhood. I caught a few glimpses of those six-legged climbers about their business amid the dripping vertical gardens way above me. READ MORE
Turtles to the Sea
by Sandra McDonald
1. A turtle only travels when it sticks out its neck, 2488
“It’s a little awkward,” Major William Bristol said, after they’d been briefed.
“That your ancestors owned my ancestors?” Captain Johnny Winstead raised an eyebrow and tilted his chair back from the conference table, which had been painted sea green. “I promise not to hold it against you, Bill.” READ MORE