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34 review for Asimov's Science Fiction May/June 2022

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Frasca

    An average issue, but as always there are some real winners. Here are my favorite stories: - Rocket Girls by Kristine Kathryn Rusch A wonderful riff on the riot grrrl music/political movement of the Pacific NW, but with rockets. Can the truth compete with legends and myths? Does it have to? - The Last Tutor by Ursula Whitcher Tools and devices by themselves are amoral and can be used for good or evil. A privileged adolescent learns firsthand what can be done with a healing accelerator. - The Wine-Dar An average issue, but as always there are some real winners. Here are my favorite stories: - Rocket Girls by Kristine Kathryn Rusch A wonderful riff on the riot grrrl music/political movement of the Pacific NW, but with rockets. Can the truth compete with legends and myths? Does it have to? - The Last Tutor by Ursula Whitcher Tools and devices by themselves are amoral and can be used for good or evil. A privileged adolescent learns firsthand what can be done with a healing accelerator. - The Wine-Dark Deep by Sheila Finch. Enigmatic markings in a cave made by intelligent beings eons ago…but the cave is 50 meters underwater! The number is eight. Hopefully the first in a future series of stories. - Meryl’s Cocoon by Zack Be You’re packing nightclubs with frenzied dancers, but you don’t consider them people. Is it worth continuing the grind of the road? Creativity, artificial intelligence, and personhood. - Necklace of Memory by Robert Reed An apparently human killing machine aboard the Great Ship! Ash has to find out who built and sent her. But how to break this hardened entity? The Necklace of Memory might hold the key. - The Lights That No One Else Can See by Alice Towey Two lonely people follow flashing lights in the distance. Will they find what they are looking for? Will they find what they need? - 30 by Rich Larson Those annoying quantum splinters tend to get worse on the big 3-0--ghosts of decisions wrongly made and paths stupidly taken. Are they a learning opportunity? - Destiny Delayed by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki You load 16 tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt St. Peter, don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store - M Travis The vampire squid of capitalism finds a new place to stick its blood funnel. - The Waylost Café by James Van Pelt If you think the pollen here on Earth is bad… A rescuer needs rescuing, and not just from the pollen. - The Abacus and the Infinite Vessel by Vikram Ramakrishnan Forces push and pull immigrants across deserts, oceans and the vastness of space. A young girl faces those forces, armed only with an abacus and the love of her parents. - First Fish by Bruce McAllister A young boy catches his first…fish?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I was so disappointed again to see another story by R. Garcia Y Robertson in their same universe. I never got into those stories, I dislike the universe, and I hate seeing them every other issue. Garcia Y Robertson is a good writer, but I hate serialized stories in magazines like this cause if you didn't like them, now you're stuck seeing them forever. Besides that, some wonderful stories. I enjoyed Rocket Girls, The Wind Dark Deep, Necklace of Memory and Meryl's Cocoon. I really liked the Abacu I was so disappointed again to see another story by R. Garcia Y Robertson in their same universe. I never got into those stories, I dislike the universe, and I hate seeing them every other issue. Garcia Y Robertson is a good writer, but I hate serialized stories in magazines like this cause if you didn't like them, now you're stuck seeing them forever. Besides that, some wonderful stories. I enjoyed Rocket Girls, The Wind Dark Deep, Necklace of Memory and Meryl's Cocoon. I really liked the Abacus and the Infinite Vessel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Phyland

    Like a cross between Mad Max and Damnation Alley Evan Marcroft takes us on an adrenaline-fuelled trip across the Fractured States of America, on a quest to take a vaccine for the worldwide destruction of The Fist across dangerously paranoid microstates in “Coyoteland”. Kristine Kathryn Rusch genderflips the young adult sci-fi of the 50s with the highly embellished version of events that led to the “Rocket Girls” becoming space bimbos, while Ursula Whitcher gives us the complex and excellent tale Like a cross between Mad Max and Damnation Alley Evan Marcroft takes us on an adrenaline-fuelled trip across the Fractured States of America, on a quest to take a vaccine for the worldwide destruction of The Fist across dangerously paranoid microstates in “Coyoteland”. Kristine Kathryn Rusch genderflips the young adult sci-fi of the 50s with the highly embellished version of events that led to the “Rocket Girls” becoming space bimbos, while Ursula Whitcher gives us the complex and excellent tale of Ise Zuhrova, whose powerful but aloof parents are complicit in the deaths of humans enslaved as engines through criminality, and “The Last Tutor” of Ise might just be their salvation. A cephalopod researcher is inveigled into investigating a submerged cave off Greece where mysterious symbols may indicate an ancient non-human intelligence in “The Wine-Dark Sea” by Sheila Finch, while Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki takes us to a future Nigeria where you can literally mortgage your future in “Destiny Delayed”. Battling the Earps in Tombstone as a wanted gunperson in 3V, while searching for a mythical solid silver asteroid, Amanda must also try to clear out a pirates’ nest in “Silverado” by R. Garcia y Robertson. Robert Reed closes the issue with another engrossing Great Ship story, where among the immortal passengers is an ancient Martian, known as Ash. Tasked with determining whether a prisoner on board for millennia was responsible for the extinction of an entire race, Ash discovers ancient plotting and enmity in “Necklace Of Memory”. A very good issue overall.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A (excellent): The Lights No One Else Can See by Alice Towey The Waylost Cafe by James Van Pelt B (Very Good): The Leviathan & the Fury by Andrea Kriz C (average): Coyoteland by Evan Marcroft Rocket Girls by Kristine Kathryn Rusch The Wine-Dark Deep by Sheila Finch Silverado by R Garcia y Robertson Meryl's Cocoon by Zack Be Necklace of Memory by Robert Reed The Abacus & the Infinite Vessel by Vikram Ramakrishnan First Fish by Bruce McAllister D (poor): 30 by Rich Larson Destiny Delayed by Oghenechovwe Donald E A (excellent): The Lights No One Else Can See by Alice Towey The Waylost Cafe by James Van Pelt B (Very Good): The Leviathan & the Fury by Andrea Kriz C (average): Coyoteland by Evan Marcroft Rocket Girls by Kristine Kathryn Rusch The Wine-Dark Deep by Sheila Finch Silverado by R Garcia y Robertson Meryl's Cocoon by Zack Be Necklace of Memory by Robert Reed The Abacus & the Infinite Vessel by Vikram Ramakrishnan First Fish by Bruce McAllister D (poor): 30 by Rich Larson Destiny Delayed by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki F (awful): The Last Tutor by Ursula Whitcher

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alain

    Love the story titled "The Wine-Dark Deep" [Sheila Finch]-talks about Octopuses as an offspring species born from aliens that visited a certain area in Greece ages ago!!! Well written. "Silverado"[R. Garcia y Robertson]- great blend on characters in a historical sci-fi drama. Got to relive the adventures of the Wyatt brother and Doc Holiday. Probably my favorite story, "The Waylost Cafe" by James Van Pelt. Basically, a brewery adjacent to a unique forest offering delight or doom to its visitors. Love the story titled "The Wine-Dark Deep" [Sheila Finch]-talks about Octopuses as an offspring species born from aliens that visited a certain area in Greece ages ago!!! Well written. "Silverado"[R. Garcia y Robertson]- great blend on characters in a historical sci-fi drama. Got to relive the adventures of the Wyatt brother and Doc Holiday. Probably my favorite story, "The Waylost Cafe" by James Van Pelt. Basically, a brewery adjacent to a unique forest offering delight or doom to its visitors. "The Abacus and the Infinite Vessel" by Vikram Ramakrishnan, reminds me of "Caves of Steel" by Isaac Asimov. Comparisons regarding colonizing of other planets for Earth's survival- population management and farming. Great insight on the decision making process within a typical university when making choices regarding university programs. Last, I love the descriptions regarding building structures designed to optimize an adequate environment for crop raising. Excellent ending regarding the "vessel".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeppe Larsen

    Yet another so-so issue. Not super impressed with the magazine so far in 2022 I must say. Not bad stories per se, but no really remarkable stories either. "Coyoteland" by Evan Marcroft is both weird and intriguing. I think peoples opinion of this is going to be split and I am not quite sure myself. Set in sort of a post apocalyptic world but still with very advanced technology available. We are just thrown into the story with little explanation of back story or the meaning of all the techy things Yet another so-so issue. Not super impressed with the magazine so far in 2022 I must say. Not bad stories per se, but no really remarkable stories either. "Coyoteland" by Evan Marcroft is both weird and intriguing. I think peoples opinion of this is going to be split and I am not quite sure myself. Set in sort of a post apocalyptic world but still with very advanced technology available. We are just thrown into the story with little explanation of back story or the meaning of all the techy things. This style of story telling often annoys me, but not so much here. The plot is sort of straightforward with two people trying to go from A to B with a very important vaccine. Feels like something that could be published in Interzone. Rich Larson just turned 30 and it show with his story of the same name. I think many people can recognize the feeling that you life might have been something else and this is Larsons take on this with a sf setup with parallel worlds. James van Pelt delivers a nice cozy story with an old-school feel to it with "The Waylost Café". “Meryl’s Cocoon” by Zack Be was worth reading too. In some future humans coexist with so called “sims”. AIs living in the cloud and able to take physical form in some way. The story follows a band that are mostly playing gigs for sims now. Only a few humans still show up to their concerts. And one of the band members has a hard time accepting that. With all the stories about AIs and humans I am quickly tired with these stories, but this had a different perspective with focusing on artistic motivations for humans and AIs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Dean

    Always a good collection of short stoires.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mark Catalfano

    I liked "The Last Tutor" by Ursula Whitcher and "The Waylost Cafe" by James Van Pelt I liked "The Last Tutor" by Ursula Whitcher and "The Waylost Cafe" by James Van Pelt

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darko

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Bartlett

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nora

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Critchfield

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

  17. 5 out of 5

    Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Tunis

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Wilson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fr. John Garrett

  23. 4 out of 5

    A

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deedee

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christopher D. Burge

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  27. 5 out of 5

    Username

  28. 5 out of 5

    Head

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terry Weyna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris D. Hall

  31. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Ramlakhan

  32. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Hurley

  33. 5 out of 5

    Denise Barney

  34. 5 out of 5

    Amy Svensson

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