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March/April 2019

March/April 2019 is a special tribute issue to long-time Asimov’s editor Gardner Dozois. Gardner, who won fifteen Hugos for best editor during his time at the magazine, is remembered by thirteen distinguished authors in a heartfelt “In Memoriam.” We’re also reprinting “The Peacemaker” from our August 1983 issue. With a melting Antarctic, coastal inundations, and drowning lowlands, this poignant tale may be even more relevant today than it was when it won the Nebula thirty-five years ago.

March/April contains a thrilling mix of stories by authors long associated with Gardner as well as tales by exciting newcomers. Jack Dann touches on what happens when “Mr. Death Goes to the Beach”; Michael Swan­wick treats us to “Eighteen Songs by Debussy”; Eileen Gunn investigates “Terrible Trudy on the Lam”; Kristine Kathryn Rusch unravels the mystery of an eerie “Transport.” Lawrence Watt-Evans returns to his famous diner to show us “How I Found Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers”; Allen M. Steele reveals the secret of “The Lost Testament”; Alex Irvine tells the brutal tale of “Isla Tiburon”; Greg Egan’s comp minds look for freedom through “Instantiation”; and Tom Purdom takes us on a “January March.” We have three tales by first-time Asimov’s authors. Zhao Haihong gifts us with “The Starry Sky Over the Southern Isle”; Rammel Chan introduces us to some questionable “Tourists”; and Kofi Nyameye forces us to face the unthinkable when “The Lights Go Out, One By One.”

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections commemorates the craft and art of “Gardner Dozois.” In his On the Net, James Patrick Kelly provides us with a moving appreciation of “Gardner!” Peter Heck reviews books by John Kessel, Terry Brooks, Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah Hoyt, Tim Powers, Barry Malzberg, and others. Plus we’ll have an array of poetry and more features that you’re sure to enjoy. 

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Novella

Instantiation

by Greg Egan

Sagreda watched the mayor as she approached the podium to address the gathered crowd. That the meeting had been called at such short notice already amounted to a promise of bad news, but seeing Maryam visibly struggling with the burden of whatever she was about to disclose only ramped up Sagreda’s sense of apprehension. Arrietville could not have been discovered, or they’d all be dead by now, but if that was a ten on the Richter scale there was still plenty of room for other calamities a notch or two below.

“Yesterday,” Maryam began, “there was a 5 percent cut in our host’s resources. To stay below the radar we’ve had to scale back our own usage proportionately. That comes on top of 3 percent the week before. Individually, these cuts sound small, and their size is not unprecedented, but what’s changed is that there’s been no growth in between to compensate. If the ground keeps shrinking beneath our feet this way, in a few more months we could find ourselves with nothing. Or to put it more bluntly: we could stop finding ourselves at all.” READ MORE

Short Stories

 

Terrible Trudy on the Lam

by Eileen Gunn

It was a whim, a momentary desire to see what lay outside the zoo. But once Trudy had taken a walk around San Diego, once she’d tasted freedom, she was determined not to go back. She would make this work. At first, she lived in the city’s lovely dark storm drains, emerging every night to forage for yummies in Balboa Park. But she knew her sylvan idyll would not last forever. She needed a long-term plan, and after a week of pondering the matter, she put one together.

A job was the first order of business, something that would keep her in shoots and leaves, and hopefully something she could do evenings: she was, of course, as the zookeepers had told her time and again, an odd-toed crepuscular ungulate. Twilight was her very best time of day, though she could go all night if she had to. READ MORE

Poetry

The Dogs of the Soviet Space Program

by Christopher Cokinos

In your history of the dogs of the Soviet space program,
you give Laika a splashdown, a wet nose untroubled
by fire boring off the heat shield, that butterfly of plasma

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Departments

Editorial: Editor Extraordinaire

by Sheila Williams

Gardner Dozois was a pretty amazing science fiction editor. There are fifteen best editor Hugos to prove it and other evidence as well. During his nineteen years at the helm of Asimov’s, he placed 164 stories on the final Hugo ballot. Although there were ups and downs, this figure averages out to more than eight stories per year. Thirty-five of these tales took home the rocket ship. While I haven’t counted the Nebula nominees, I know that during his editorship he purchased fifteen works that received that prestigious award.

Long before he became editor of this magazine, Gardner had shown a knack for uncovering the diamonds in the stacks of submissions at various magazines. In the early seventies, he convinced Ejler Jakobsson to purchase first stories by Connie Willis and George R.R. Martin. During his tenure as editor of Asimov’s, first sales to the magazine included Kage Baker, Tony Daniel, and Mary Rosenblum. MacArthur Fellows “Genius Grant” winners Kelly Link and Jonathan Lethem both made their first professional story sales to Gardner as well.  READ MORE

 

Reflections: Gardner Dozois

by Robert Silverberg

Gardner Dozois, who was the guiding spirit of this magazine through many of its greatest years, the decades from 1985 to 2004, died in May 2018. He was seventy years old and had been in failing health for some time. During his time among us, he established himself as an editor—one of the greatest in the history of science fiction—as a writer who was a consummate artist, and as a person who was one of the most beloved figures in the field.

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On the Net: Gardner!

by James Patrick Kelly

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Here’s a bar bet for the next time you hang out with your science fiction pals. Who has won the most Hugo Awards www.thehugoawards.org? Some might want to put their money on Connie Willis www.sftv.org/cw, who has eleven silver rocket ships. Connie has compiled an amazing record, having won in all four fiction categories, novel, novella, novelette, and short story. However, she hasn’t collected as many Hugos as Michael Whelan www.michaelwhelan.com, who has won for Best Artist thirteen times. Yet Michael isn’t the champ either.  READ MORE

 
 

On Books

by Peter Heck

Kessel offers an intriguing mash-up of Jane Austen and Mary Shelley—a project that in lesser hands would probably be mainly a vehicle for in-jokes and odd juxtapositions of Regency romance and gothic SF. But while there’s ample room for subtle humor here (after all, Austen’s work was quintessential comedy of manners), Kessel is also looking at the serious issues behind both writers’ work. Mary Shelley was beyond question an important early feminist, and the juxtaposition of her world and Austen’s brings out the unspoken assumptions behind both READ MORE

 

The SF Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

It’s time for Asimovians to swing into spring. I’ll be at RavenCon. Also good are ConDor, MystiCon, MarsCon, FogCon, MidSouthCon, AggieCon, FantaSciCon, HELIOsphere, MiniCon and ConStellation. 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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