Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Asimov's


Choose Poison, Choose Life by Michael Blumlein  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Mainstream) Violet comes to a resort town to kill herself. Daisy is shipwrecked with a man she loves. Rose is shipwrecked with a monster.
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Einstein's Shadow by Allen M. Steele  Time: 1h:04m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(Alternate History) A private detective takes a job guarding Albert Einstein as he flees the Nazis on an ocean-liner-sized airplane.
Lazy Dog Out by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 1h:11m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(SF) Khifi makes a good living as a pilot, but she used to be a homeless kid on the Tanduou docks. So she cares when she gets hints that something bad is happening--something involving kids, aliens, and more.
The Forgotten Taste of Honey by Alexander Jablokov  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(High Fantasy) The dead girl originally fled her homeland over something, and whatever it was, it's making it hard for Tromvi to return her body.
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What We Hold Onto by Jay O'Connell  Time: 1h:14m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF) In 2066 a woman struggles over continuing life-support for her comatose mother and over what to do with the things she's leaving behind.
(Time Travel) Paul finds a job selling drugs for the mafia in 1770s America.


Eating Science With Ghosts by Octavia Cade2  Time: 43m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(SF Ghosts) The narrator meets ghosts of scientists and discoverers during a nine-course meal all over the world.
Epitome by Tegan Moore1  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(SF AI) Shelby's friend Vivian faces a long recovery from a head injury, and she can't bear the loss of her company, so she starts using an AI surrogate.
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Flight from the Ages by Derek KΓΌnsken  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Fantasy Science) About a thousand years from now, two powerful AIs struggle to prevent the destruction of the multiverse.
Higherworks by Gregory Norman Bossert  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 12|16
(SF Thriller) Every since she leaked the secret of mind-expanding nanotech, Dyer has been on the run. And they're getting close.
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I Married a Monster from Outer Space by Dale Bailey  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(SF Humor) Ruth, a 22-year-old Walmart cashier, meets a very weird-and-scary-looking alien, who seems down on his luck, and brings him home with her.
Lost: Mind by Will McIntosh  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) Before Mimi dies from Alzheimer's, Walter gets her an illegal consciousness transfer done in India. Then all he has to do is sneak the copy back into the US.
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Matilda by Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Military SF) The enemy are up to something in "blank" areas of space that sensors can't penetrate. Devi takes a "single ship" into one to find out what's there, but her ship has a mind of its own, and it's terrified.
Nobody Like Josh by Robert Thurston  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) A former principal muses about Josh, a space alien who landed in a small US town some years ago and ended up working at the school.
Of the Beast in the Belly by C.W. Johnson  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(SF) Nawiz has pursued the boy who ruined her life across the galaxy. Before she can get her vengeance, they're both swallowed by a gigantic sea creature, and it will be a struggle merely to survive.
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Passion Summer by Nick Wolven  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(near-future SF) At 14, Jeff can get his first "passion" treatment, which artificially makes you passionate about something or someone.
Patience Lake by Matthew Claxton  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Dystopia) Casey, a disabled vet in a cheap, rebuilt body, tries walking to another city to find work, but trouble is waiting out in the country.
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(Alternate Reality) Old man Rendezvous tells outrageous stories about Jack Kennedy, and he's hunting an artifact in the drowned ruins of Cape Canaveral.
Project Empathy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(Near-future SF; Project Empathy) Teenage Bel worked as a host at a Blue Cup restaurant in Concord, CA before Blue Cup moved her to San Francisco for special training. Very special.
Project Entropy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(Near-Future SF; Project Empathy) Angelina struggles with life now that she's lost her chip, and she's not sure how to get back on track
Project Extropy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Near-Future SF; Project Empathy) Akiko wakes up on a ship bound for San Francisco with no memory of who she is, but with the voice of "God" telling her what to do.
Project Symmetry by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(Near-future SF; Project Empathy) Teenage Bel enjoys her prestigious career at Blue Cup, but she's alarmed to discover her employer has installed an AI in her head to keep tabs on her.
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Project Synergy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Near-future SF; Project Empathy) The Observator chip helps Angelina navigate her role as "social curator" (aka hostess) at the Reserve. She doesn't know that the chip wants to end their partnership.
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(Hard SF) Davin is spending a year alone on Ekye to observe the local wildlife and, he hopes, to recover his lost creativity.
The Bewilderness of Lions by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(Hard SF) Caitlin does data mining for a presidential campaign, but her analysis is resulting in unusually precise and downright strange predictions.
The Charge and the Storm by An Owomoyela  Time: 54m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(SF) In a colony on an almost uninhabitable planet, the technologically-superior Su share power with the humans, but some humans want independence.
The Leaning Lincoln by Will Ludwigsen  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Mainstream) In 1983 Florida, 10-year-old Scotty believes a defective lead figure of Lincoln is cursed.
The Mind Is Its Own Place by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(Hard SF) Mitchell was a navigator on the Francis Drake, but something terrible happened. The doctors tell him he's losing his mind, but he doesn't believe them. If only he could remember what happened.
The Return of Black Murray by Alexander Jablokov  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Horror) Twenty-five years ago, at the end of the summer after high-school, something terrible happened to Cliff and his friends in the water ride at the local amusement park. Today they're going back there.
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The Visitor From Taured by Ian R. MacLeod  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(Near-Future Hard SF) Lita learned Rob's obsession with alternate universes in college, but waning interest in science made it hard for him to explore it.
The Whole Mess by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(Fantasy Math) A strange student give Professor Dunn a math problem whose solution will change the world. Literally.
They Have All One Breath by Karl Bunker  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 12|16
(Post Singularity) James seeks fulfillment through his sculpture, even though it all seems pointless in a perfect world run by Ais.
Toppers by Jason Sanford  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Post Apocalypse) Hanger lives in a canvas bag on the outside of the Empire State Building, but the secrets to survival are hidden in the deadly mist far below.
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Wretched the Romantic by Michael Libling  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Horror Humor) When he's not stalking his ex, Richard earn extra cash scattering the ashes of dead people.

Short Story

A Little Bigotry by R. Neube  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(Military SF) Rachael flees Mars for Hanah. She'll be safe there if she can find a job. Unfortunately the only aliens who seem interested are a species she still has PTSD over.
A Partial List of Lists I Have Lost Over Time by Sunil Patel2  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(SF Short-Short) Entirely via lists, the narrator tells a story about fighting his duplicate from another dimension.
Academic Circles by Peter Wood  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(Time Travel) Kate is sure Marzano stole the paper she spent a year writing, but he somehow submitted his for publication eighteen months ago.
All That Robot... by Rich Larson  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(Post Apocalypse AI) Carver Seven spends a lot of time talking to the Human Being and helps him make spears and things. They each want something from the other, if they can manage to express it.
Atheism and Flight by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) A young man who just lost his arm in an accident struggles to adjust to his loss. And something funny is happening to the stump.
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Bringing Them Back by Bruce McAllister  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(SF, ~2060) A man reviews drawings and descriptions of animals he knew and loved during his life, updating them to reflect recent changes. Very moving.
Chasing Ivory by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(Hard SF) Adia pursues a herd of resurrected mammoths in Alaska. She seems to admire them greatly, so why is she bringing a gun?
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Clearance by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(Slipstream) A mother tries to find something for her teenage daughter at a beach resort where four different worlds seem to intersect.
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Conscience by Robert R. Chase  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(Military SF) Constanza flies a stealthed warplane for the US in a near-future war, and she's picked for a series of special missions carrying a single, silent, soldier up to the front and back.
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Do Not Forget Me by Ray Nayler  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(Tale) In the style of the Arabian Nights, this story tells the tale Batyr related to his wife after an evening with a great poet.
Dome On The Prairie by Robert Reed  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(Alien Invasion) You are building a home on an alien world, despite the objections of the natives and the complaints of your wife and children.
Empty Shoes by the Lake by Gay Partington Terry  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 12|16
(Modern Fantasy) Abused by his father, Rafi leaves his small town, but he sends his best friend Becca a gift that will change both their lives.
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Exceptional Forces by Sean McMullen  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(Hard SF) A radio astronomer comes to a conference prepared to deliver a shattering paper, but fully expecting to die before he gets the chance.
Filtered by Leah Cypess  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(Near-Future SF) Steve has written a very important article, but his boss won't agree to run it because the web content filters won't let it through.
Flame Trees by T.R. Napper  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Near-future SF) Chi lives in a future Australia and suffers from PTSD. His doctor offers to erase the bad memories, but he refuses without explaining why.
How the Damned Live On by James Sallis  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 12|16
(Fantasy) Shipwrecked with a giant spider, threatened by a pirate ship, the narrator has some concerns.
In Equity by Sarah Gallien1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(Near-future SF) A thirteen-year-old orphan gets an offer from foster parents in a wealthy, walled community. There has to be a catch, but what could it be? Moving.
Kairos by Sieren Damsgaard Ernst1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Near-future SF) A gene designer and her husband visit the tomb of Charlemagne and think about how they're about to turn the world upside down.
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KIT: Some Assembly Required by Kathe Koja and Carter Scholz  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(SF AI) Christopher Marlowe thinks he's been reincarnated as a 21st Century AI.
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Lucite by Susan Palwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Christian Fantasy) Andrew obsesses over a used soul he picked up in the gift shop during a tour of Hell.
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Masked by Rich Larson  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) Teenage Bess and Aline go to comfort their friend Vera after a computer virus disabled her online "Face."
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New Earth by James Gunn  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(Hard SF) Human colonists arrive at a new world but debate how cautious they need to be, given that there's no animal life.
Rambunctious by Rick Wilber  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF) Fourth-grade Emma lives in Florida with her grandparents. Emma doesn't fit in at school, and Grandma doesn't help by saying the family is from outer space and aliens are coming for them soon.
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Rats Dream Of The Future by Paul McAuley  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF) A science writer describes the events that turned a rat experiment into a space-time disaster in downtown London.
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Starless Night by Robert R. Chase  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Military SF) After some "desperate" medical procedure, the narrator awakes in an abandoned hospital. He can't even remember his name, but there's something very important he needs to do.
The Baby Eaters by Ian McHugh  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) The narrator visits an alien world to negotiate a trade deal with a race of alien predators who have a bad reputation.
The Cold Side of the Island by Kali Wallace  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 12|16
(Mainstream) Two women mourn the death of a childhood friend and try to make peace with themselves by returning the mysterious skeleton that tore them apart as teenagers.
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The Days of Hamelin by Robert Reed  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Near-future SF) Although the world of 2032 has deep problems, the Carson-Able family live comfortably--until the grandchildren start dying.
The Grocer's Wife: Enhanced Transcription by Michael Libling  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(SF) Thomas is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and his wife, Lynn, is trying to support him. Andy is spying on him, and wondering why the government is interested in a retired grocer.
The Monster of 1928 by Sandra McDonald  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(Horror) There was a monster hurricane in South Florida in 1928, but the narrator tells about "Tulu," a different kind of monster, and what happened when they met.
The Mutants Men Don't See by James Alan Gardner  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Superhero) A combination of teenage hormones, a rare gene, and the right stressful event turns a few kids into superheroes. Liam wants to be one too.
The People in the Building by Sandra McDonald  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Horror) As people arrive at the office for work, no one knows the people on the second floor are all dead.
The Savior Virus by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) John Crawford lost his wife in a terrorist attack. He blames God, and envisions a biological weapon to stop people from believing in him.
The Ship Whisperer by Julie Novakova  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(SF) The Giordano Bruno investigates a black dwarf (which shouldn't exist). The narrator has a special rapport with the ship's AI, and he's sure it's trying to tell him something is wrong.
The Singing Bowl by Genevieve Williams  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) In hopes of learning more about the mysterious gis, an ethnomusicologist comes to their homeworld to hear them sing.
Three Paintings by James Van Pelt  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(SF) Vincent is a famous painter, but he fears he's grown stale. He has a wild plan to reinvigorate his painting, which starts with making a backup copy of himself.
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Unreeled by Mercurio D. Rivera  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF Horror) EncelaCorp "streams" the consciousness of explorers to distant parts of the galaxy. Jonathan worries that the experience may have changed his wife somehow.
Wakers by Sean Monaghan  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Colony Ship SF) Grayson, the caretaker on the Sirius needs to awaken one of the sleeping crew to take his place. Which means explaining what went wrong.
Water Scorpions by Rich Larson  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(SF) Noel's mom is trying to raise an alien child. Noel, age 10, hates this alien "brother" but can't seem to get that across to him.
Webs by Mary Anne Mohanraj  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) On Ariel, some people have modified themselves to fly. Other people can't accept that. Anna is going to need to choose sides.
When Grandfather Returns by S.N. Dyer  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Navajo Fantasy) An old Navajo myth intersects the modern world unexpectedly.
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White Dust by Nathan Hillstrom1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(Hard SF) The transmitter sends copies of people to remote locations, but the copies don't want to do their jobs, and Margery is in trouble if she can't figure out why.
Woman in the Reeds by Esther M. Friesner  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|16
(Mythological Fantasy) In biblical Egypt, a Hebrew woman driven mad by the loss of her son finds a baby in the bulrushes.
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