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March/April 2024

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.” 

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections discusses “Lovecraft’s First Folio”; James Patrick Kelly’s On the Net will have you “Con-vinced”; Norman Spinrad’s On Books considers works by C.T. Rwizi, Brandon Q. Morris, and Lavanya Lakshminarayan. Plus we’ll have an array of poetry you’re sure to enjoy.

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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


by Mario Milosevic

The alien liked to
read contracts. READ MORE


Editorial: Cri de Coeur
by Sheila Williams

When Michael Bishop died on November 13, 2023, our field of fantastic literature lost one of its most treasured authors. Mike’s career began in 1970 with a short story sale to Galaxy Magazine. By the time he sold his first tale to Asimov’s, Mike’s fiction had already received at least five Nebula and four Hugo nominations. That first sale to us, “Cabinet Meeting” (Summer 1977), was a novelette that appeared in our second issue! READ MORE

Reflections: Lovecraft’s First Folio
by Robert Silverberg

Imagine a world without The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, and thirteen more of Shakespeare’s thirty-six plays. It could have happened, but for the devoted work of a couple of Shakespeare’s colleagues, the actors John Heminges and Henry Condell, who in 1623 published a massive volume containing all but one of the generally accepted plays of the greatest playwright in the English language, along with his only known portrait. This is the famous book known as the Shakespeare First Folio, of which 235 of the original 750 copies are known today, prized by libraries and collectors everywhere. READ MORE

On the Net: CON-VINCED
by James Patrick Kelly 

your con my con
I was slow to warm up to science fiction conventions. I attended my first, Boskone, many years ago as a new and very lightly published writer (one story sold, but not yet in print) and stayed only for a few hours. Too much bustle, too many strangers and I was (then) painfully shy. Oh, and there was that snowstorm! Several years later my friend Eileen Gunn promised to introduce me around and share her con-going skills. This was my second Boskone, and since then I have never looked back. I’ve attended cons around the US and the world and have learned to appreciate their unique place in the writing and reading community of our genre. READ MORE

The SF Conventional Calendar
by Erwin S. Strauss

Spring is almost here, and with it a lot of convention activity. I haven’t firmed up my schedule yet, but you can be sure I’ll be around. Don’t forget the Glasgow WorldCon later this year, and Seattle in 2025. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. For an explanation of our con(vention)s, a sample of SF folksongs and info on fanzines and clubs, send me an SASE…  READ MORE

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