Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

@lantis by Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(SF Surfer Humor; Delbert & Zep) A high-tech billionaire schemes to steal magic bubbles from Atlantis but surfers Del and Zep get in the way.
A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension by Andrea M. Pawley  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF) Olive’s parents are having a baby soon, and she fears they won’t need an android daughter after that.
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Afloat Above a Floor of Stars by Tom Purdom  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(SF Adventure) Revali and Kemen are on a 36-year mission to be the first people to view the Milky Way from well above the galactic plane. Their mission is scientific, but also symbolic, and it’s the latter that’s problematic.
After the Atrocity by Ian Creasey  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Violet’s duplication machine makes it easier to interrogate the world’s most famous terrorist, but they need so many copies of him, she’s had to duplicate herself to keep up with the workload.
An Evening with Severyn Grimes by Rich Larson  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(SF Thriller) After terrorists spring her from cryo-prison, talented hacker Girasol goes into cyberspace to help them target the rich businessman who put her in prison in the first place.
An Incident In the Literary Life of Nathan Arkwright by Allen M. Steele  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(SF; Arkwright) Bored at a science fiction convention, famous author Nathan Arkwright lets a couple of fans take him out to dinner. They seemed normal enough—at least to start with.
And No Torment Shall Touch Them by James Patrick Kelly  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Near-Future SF) Before Nonno died, he had himself downloaded. Now he manages to attend his own funeral, causing chaos in his family.
Annabelle, Annie by Lisa Goldstein  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(Near-Future SF) Teen-age Annie has become an environmental fanatic, and she’s driving her parents crazy.
Arriving At Terminal: Xi's Story by James Gunn  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Space Opera; Transcendental) In which Xi arrives at the space elevator on planet Terminal and we learn all about his history.
Blow, Winds, and Crack Your Cheeks by John Alfred Taylor  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Climate SF) As a hurricane bears down, a retired couple visit their beloved Fire Island cottage for what may be the last time.
Books of the Risen Sea by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 56m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Climate SF) Caer brings an abandoned robot back to his hideout in the flooded part of town and tries to prepare for attack by the raiders who dumped it.
Come As You Are by Dale Bailey  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Near-Future SF) Dave drops out of school when he gets hooked on a drug that lets you experience being other people.
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Confessions of a Con Girl by Nick Wolven  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Dystopia) Sophie explains the events that led to her fall from grace—that is, how she accumulated enough “unlike” votes to be forced out of college.
Crimson Birds of Small Miracles by Sean Monaghan  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF) C.J. brings his dying daughter to Ariosto to see Crimson Birds, an art installation that includes a vast flock of artificial birds.
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Cupido by Rich Larson  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Marcel surreptitiously sprays people with pheromones to make them fall in love with his clients. He’s not supposed to get attached to them himself.
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Dead Men In Central City by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Historical Fantasy) Ricardo needs to hide out in a small, western town for a few days, where he meets Doc Holliday. Doc figures out he’s a vampire, but for some reason chooses not to expose him.
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Destination by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF Dystopia) Brad has a cushy job inside the Seattle Exclusive Zone, and he’s not eager to participate in a game where a car takes you to an unknown destination, but the company is making everyone play. But is it even a game?
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Disturbance In the Produce Aisle by Kit Reed  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Horror) Dick likes to visit the supermarket and chat with the ghosts who hang out there, but lately Satan keeps barging in and ruining it for him.
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Fatherbond by Tom Purdom  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Planetary SF) After taking fifty years to reach planet Kendavala, colonists are disappointed to find strict regulations on where they can settle. But is anyone actually going to enforce those rules?
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Field Studies by Sheila Finch  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(Mainstream) A homeless woman fends off unwelcome help from a stranger, even though she seems to be deathly ill.
Gale Strang by Michael Bishop  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(Modern Fantasy) An intelligent birdcage narrates the story of a young runaway, a lonely old lady, and a missing bird.
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Goner by Gregory Norman Bossert  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Teenage Char is fascinated by space travel, even though pilots have to give up their bodies to make it work.
Good Show by William Preston  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(SF Horror) Even in retirement, Pete can’t stop being a film critic, albeit just on his web site. He’s intrigued when some strangers want to pay him to critique their work in progress.
Grand Theft Spacecraft by R. Garcia y Robertson  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(SF Adventure Humor; The Family) With the death of Crown Princess Rylla of Callisto, things in the Jovan system are about to get nasty, and at 18, Cole is ready to be right in the middle of it.
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How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry by Alexander Jablokov  Time: 1h:04m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(SF Mystery) A struggling private investigator in a city full of alien refugees, Sere risks her life seeking connections between some mysterious aliens and an exterminator who blew himself up.
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis  Time: 1h:01m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Urban Fantasy) A novelist finds a bookstore in New York that sells “the rarest of rare books.” These books look pretty ordinary, for the most part, and there sure do seem to be a lot of them.
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In Dublin, Fair City by Rick Wilber  Time: 43m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Alternate History; Moe Berg) It’s 1940. Moe Berg heads to Dublin to do a deal that might help the US get the Japanese out of San Diego before the armistice signed after the Nazis captured England falls apart.
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Invasion Of the Saucer-Men by Dale Bailey  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Retro-SF Humor) In the 1950s, teenagers had to be ready to repel alien invasions at any moment, and as a football star, Hank knew he had to be a leader. But it was all so inconvenient.
Kitty Hawk by Alan Smale  Time: 52m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Alternate History) Wilbur Wright dies in a crash just weeks before the historic flight, and his sister Katharine steps in to take his place.
Love and Death and the Star that Shall Not Be Named: Kom's Story by James Gunn  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(SF Adventure; Transcendental) Kom violates the taboos of his own species and visits the sun that shall not be named, finding it something of a disappointment. But the alien he finds there changes him forever.
Night Fever by Will Ludwigsen  Time: 52m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Alternate History) Charles Manson spends ten years in prison and doesn’t start his cult until 1977 instead of 1967.
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Nine Lattices of Sargasso by Jason Sanford  Time: 46m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Post-Apocalypse) Amali’s family are refugees on an artificial floating island, but she risks all of their safety when she defends a genetically engineered girl who arrives unexpectedly.
Number Thirty-Nine Skink by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Hard SF) Long after the loss of its crew, Kade-5 continues its mission of terraforming the planet. It finds something interesting, but whom can it tell?
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On the Ship by Leah Cypess  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Exploration SF) A child on a spaceship worries that the first five planets they've found weren’t habitable, and the sixth isn’t looking good.
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Operators by Joel Richards  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Near-Future SF) Barry investigates self-driving trucks that are being hijacked, although he has more than a little sympathy for the unemployed truckers who he imagines are behind it.
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Other Worlds and this One by Cadwell Turnbull1  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(Time Travel) The narrator revisits the past hoping either to change it, understand it, or at least make peace with it.
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Persephone of the Crows by Karen Joy Fowler  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Modern Fantasy) Ten-year-old Polly wishes she could see fairies like her friend Isabelle can. She wishes a lot of things. Not all wishes should come true.
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Pieces of Ourselves by Robert R. Chase  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF Thriller) Joan survived a terrorist attack, thanks to a security officer’s advice on the radio. A man who kept giving advice fifteen minutes after he was dead.
Riding the Blue Line With Jack Kerouac by Sandra McDonald  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Horror) Around 1990, the narrator drives a train on the subway line where ghosts of people (famous and otherwise) hang out and sometimes talk to him.
Skipped by Emily Taylor1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(SF) The space station’s high-speed transit system has a glitch: occasionally it swaps passengers from alternate realities. by Will McIntosh  Time: 51m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Daniel, a lonely grad student in Athens, Georgia, meets the girl of his dreams through an online matching service. Now if he can just get her to meet in person . . .
Squamous and Eldritch Get a Yard Sale Bargain by Tim McDaniel  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Horror) Squamous goes to buy a copy of a dangerous demonic book, but someone else has beaten him to it.
Starphone by Stephen Baxter  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Climate SF) Keely inherits an advanced robot from her eccentric aunt.
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Still Life with Abyss by Jim Grimsley  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Multiverse) A research group mapping possible timelines focuses on one man who appears to be the same in all possible timelines.
Tagging Bruno by Allen M. Steele  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Planetary SF; Coyote) A scientific team tagging “boids” in the wilderness on Coyote copes with equipment that’s falling apart, a drunken leader, and the man-eating, flightless birds themselves.
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Tao Zero by Damien Broderick  Time: 1h:13m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF) Someone has attacked New York and MIT, and 16-year-old Shipton is caught in the middle of it.
The Best Man by Jay O'Connell  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Near-Future SF) Brendan needs to be in Italy in a few days to be best man at his brother’s wedding. He needs to do something to keep his face from being green though.
The Cabinet by William Preston  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Historical Fantasy) A fair comes to a small German town around the start of the 20th Century. The “elongated man” exhibit features a giant who supposedly has slept through the ages and can tell the future.
The Catastrophe Of Cities by Lisa Goldstein  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Horror) As kids, Lila and Beth had adventures exploring mysterious houses with strange rooms and scary occupants. Forty years later, Beth tries to discover whatever happened to those houses—and to her friend.
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The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine by Greg Egan  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Dystopia) Dan loses his job and goes looking for something that hasn’t already been automated away. There’s not much, and what he does find is rather strange.
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The Escape of the Adastra: Asha's Story by James Gunn  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Generation Ship) Aliens captured the Adastra years ago, but Asha and her boyfriend have a plan to escape and get a warning back to Earth.
The Fourth Hill by Dennis E. Staples1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Native American Modern Fantasy) Callum can talk with native American dwarf spirits, but will they make his problems on the reservation better or worse?
The Ganymede Gambit: Jan's Story by James Gunn  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Space Opera; Transcendental) Jan and his siblings work on a secret base near Jupiter, where they plan to attempt to terraform Ganymede.
The Girl Who Stole Herself by R. Garcia y Robertson  Time: 1h:21m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(SF Adventure Humor; The Family) In 3V, Amanda is a proud space princess, but in the real world she’s a 17-year-old high school dropout who lives with her mom. Slavers are after her, and some parts of the 3V world are more real than they ought to be.
The Last Dance by Jack McDevitt  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Near-Future SF) Ethan gets an AI reconstruction of his dead wife. He can’t touch her, but just being able to see each other and talk should be enough. Right?
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The Meiosis of Cells and Exile by Octavia Cade  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Historical Fantasy) On the train from Moscow to exile in Dzhambul, Lina Stern is visited by three younger versions of herself.
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The Nanny Bubble by Norman Spinrad  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Near-Future SF) At age 11, Teddy has the best life, with great hardware and software toys. Those toys let his parents keep him under tight control, but he doesn’t mind until he finds something he really wants to do.
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The Ones Who Know Where They Are Going by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Fantasy) You have lain in your cell long enough to forget how to walk. Then you see sunlight and realize someone has left the door open.
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The Patient Dragon by David Gerrold  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(SF Thriller) Injuries from an ambush force the narrator out of regular service and into mercenary work, but it bothers her that she doesn’t know why she was attacked in the first place.
The Runabout by Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Time: 2h:29m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Space Opera; Diving Universe) The narrator leads a team salvaging long-lost technology from a graveyard of starships, whose stardrives still disrupt the surrounding space in dangerous ways.
The Speed of Belief by Robert Reed  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Far-Future SF; Great Ship) To secure a deal with a world ruled by what appear to be intelligent rivers, the Great Ship sends three representatives on a long, sub-light-speed mission. By the time they get there, things don’t look so rosy.
The Wisdom of the Group by Ian R. MacLeod  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-future SF) Samuel’s trading group makes a fortune from their predictions. Something troubling happened in the gestalt this morning, though, and he needs to find out what it meant.
Three Can Keep a Secret... by Bill Johnson and Gregory Frost  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF Thriller) A resourceful assassin from Earth comes to an unnamed planet on a mission to double-cross someone.
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Timewalking by Michael Cassutt  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Time Travel) James’s sleepwalking therapist tells him his episodes are caused by someone from the future trying to contact him. But about what?
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Tired of the Same Old Quests? by Peter Wood  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Portal Fantasy Humor) To distract themselves from their boring world of magic and quests, Mirk and her friends play an exciting game about people who live in suburbs, drive cars, and work in cubicles.
Transcendental Mission: Riley's Story by James Gunn  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(SF; Transcendental) Riley finds himself in a place with no light and no sound, and he can’t even feel his body. He tries to remember how he got there.
Triceratops by Ian McHugh  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Near-Future SF) The narrator visits a reserve in Northern Canada where they’re experimenting with resurrected mammoths.
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Universe Box by Michael Swanwick  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Slipstream) A man who just stole the universe hides in Howard’s apartment, interrupting his attempt to propose to his girlfriend. Then it gets weird.
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We Regret the Error by Terry Bisson  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF Humor) A pattern of retractions in the media reveals something bad is going on.
Weighty Matters: Tordor's Story by James Gunn  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(Military SF; Transcendental) Tordor’s species produces warriors by brutal training starting from a young age. He’s very successful, but he dreams of changing the system.
Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 48m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Generation Ship) The ship lost most of its historical records some years back, and the narrator tries to use music to maintain a connection with distant Earth.
Winter Timeshare by Ray Nayler  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF) Regina and Ilkay take an annual holiday together in Istanbul, renting “blank” bodies for the occasion.
Zigeuner by Harry Turtledove  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Alternate History) A German commander in 1944 supervises the roundup of a group of gypsies in Hungary.
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