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05:45 pm: Asimov's February 2008
Sheila Williams has a nice story on being told SF stories as bedtime stories in her editorial.

I particularly liked two stories this time:

1. From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled... by Michael Swanwick -- humans on another planet desperately need land there and a violent situation with the natives gives a diplomat the chance to make that happen.

2. The Egg Man by Mary Rosenblum -- this is part of her Drylands universe and a man is traversing the unregulated desert (formerly part of California) to give eggs with biological vaccines, etc., to folks who need them. He has a second, personal reason to be out there, though, and this time, he may find the answer.

This issue ends the serialization of Allen M. Steele's Galaxy Blues which is in his Coyote universe. I didn't like it as much as I have the other books -- I didn't like the protagonist and that really colored the story for me. This serialization has been 160 pages and books are rarely that short. I wonder if he'll beef it up for publication. It is a good book to read if you read the Coyote universe, though, because it is a semi-sequel to Spindrift and you learn more about the aliens.

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From:fledgist
Date:January 12th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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I really liked 'The Egg Man', too. I enjoyed Galaxy Blues, and agree with you that it would need to be beefed up a bit for publication.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 12th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I like all of Mary Rosenblum's stories. They're not just good stories, they have beautiful language.

James has read Galaxy Blues for SFBC and wouldn't couldn't tell me if it was more than what was serialized.
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From:fledgist
Date:January 13th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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That's true, 'The Egg Man' was beautifully written.
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