Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2005

Reviewed date: 2005 Jul 14
143 pages
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Finally, an issue of Asimov's that has a lot of good science fiction and not much fantasy. Save for The Little Goddess and Rainmakers (and even that is arguable), all the stories are science fiction.

  • Novella: The Little Goddess, by Ian McDonald - Hindu ex-goddess girl smuggles AIs across the Indian border.
  • Novelette: The Edge of Nowhere, by James Patrick Kelly - In a post-singularity world, a few real-life people still exist, for reasons unknown to them but presumably known to the powers that be. One of the real people is writing his Great American Novel.
  • Novelette: Bad Machine, by Kage Baker - Sixteen-year-old Alec's AI pirate friend and mentor falsifies medical and legal records to keep the authorities away from Alec, while Alec is off womanizing.
  • The Ice Cream Man, by James Van Pelt - In a post-apocalyptic world, a man serves ice cream to people and to mutants. When he discovers a human plot to wipe out the mutants, he must decide which side to choose.
  • Martyrs' Carnival, by Jay Lake - Inspector Clarice Adkins is tired of the Christians' religious rites disrupting her town, so she forces them to perform their ritual crucifixions outside the city--and denies them access to water during the three-day ceremony.
  • Rainmakers, by Ruth Nestvold - The Chepanek people of the planet New Hope--who claim to be able to manipulate the weather by natural means--resent the influx of new technology and its inevitable impact on their traditional culture, and they threaten to use force if the Allied Interstellar Community colony does not remove all technology from New Hope.

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