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September/October 2023

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The Break-In
Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Ghost Fair
Lavie Tidhar

Ursula Whitcher


Thirty-Seventh Annual Readers’ Awards’ Results
Sheila Williams

Advertisements For Myself, Again
Robert Silverberg

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Our November/December 2023 issue is bursting with fiction. We have two remarkable novellas stuffed into our pages. Dominica Phetteplace’s intense tale about “The Ghosts of Mars” . . .



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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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Dean Whitlock’s September/October 2023 harrowing novelette about child labor is intense from start to finish. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has created an equally intense novella about “The Break-in” that doesn’t go quite as planned. You won’t want to miss either of these thrilling tales!

Our annual “Slightly Spooky” issue is packed with spooky stories, some of which are even hard SF! Lavie Tidhar reveals that there’s more than one kind of haunt in “The Ghost Fair”; Anya Johanna DeNiro gives us centuries of encounters with the “Water-Wolf”; in “The Pit of Babel,” Kofi Nyameye proves that humanity will clearly stop at nothing; Christopher Rowe lands “Cynthia in the Subflooring”; Lisa Goldstein plunges her character into an equally difficult situation “In the Fox House”; David Erik Nelson pens some dark . . .

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The Break-In
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Olina preached respect. Respect for the culture, respect for the people, respect for the problems that might lie ahead. She had headed dozens of recovery teams, successful and unsuccessful. The successful ones succeeded because they practiced respect.

She stood in the darkness at the end of a street filled with warehouses. What lights there were seemed to have a harsh white edge, which she had not expected. She had thought the lighting in this part of Vaycehn would be yellowish gold, like the lighting she had seen in the center of town.

That was the problem with a job like this. Planned in a hurry to be executed in a hurry. Those jobs always brought their own trouble.

She liked to say she hated them, but a challenge was a challenge was a challenge, although this job was more challenging than most. READ MORE


The Ghost Fair
by Lavie Tidhar

“You first,” Geshem said.

“You first,” Mili said.

“No, really,” Geshem said. “I insist.”

They stared at the quivering mass that loomed under the pines in their path. The full moon illuminated the gelatin-like substance, the pods that held too many eyes and the mouths that opened and closed hungrily.

The lunar man, Parker, lay on his side over pine needles and crushed weeping boletes. His left leg was missing and he bled, and the blood flowed to the creature and the creature’s mouths opened and tongues licked the blood.  READ MORE

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