Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2006

Reviewed date: 2006 Feb 25
143 pages
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  • Novelette: The Gabble, by Neal Asher - Shardelle studies the gabbleducks and Jonas studies the hooders, both strange animals for which science can offer no explanation.
  • Novelette: Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett - Alone in intergalactic space there is a sunless planet that is warm and has a breathable atmosphere. A group of explorers discover it accidentally, and two of them--a man and a woman--stay to start a new race.
  • Novelette: Dead Men Walking, by Paul J. McAuley - A doppelganger android escapes and passes himself as a regular person, working as a prison guard on Ariel (moon of Uranus). His life is interrupted when another doppel begins murdering prisoners.
  • Novelette: The Kewlest Thing of All, by David Ira Cleary - Bonny Brood is a representative of kewlness; her body is covered with computer screens weaved into her skin, displaying all manner of art and function--including a videophone built into her palm.
  • 46 Directions, None of Them North, by Deborah Coates - The diary of a 16-year-old girl who gets text messages saying that aliens are coming and will be landing in Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Rwanda, by Robert Reed - Alien spores come to Earth and infect one in ten people, wiping their minds and stealing their bodies.
  • Companion to Owls, by Chris Roberson - Steeplejack North, keeper of the great North Steeple of the Cathedral, summons a necromancer to help him exorcise revenants that inhabit the area. The necromancer and the steeplejack encounter a lindworm, and the necromancer is determined to kill it and retrieve the magic dragonstone from its brain.

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