October 20th, 2012

20111112, Marilee

Asimov's December 2012


Williams wrote about how she had a lot of problems with books using apocalypse when she was young, and there were a number of stories in this issue that were apocalyptic.

One of my problems with many of these are the ends. The best one I liked of that type was:

"The Black Feminist's Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing" by Sandra McDonald. I was laughing all the way through until the last two sentences.

The one I actually liked all the way through was "Sudden, Broken and Unexpected" by Steven Popkes. He pulls in music, cyberpeople, computer patterns, and ~love, whirls it all together and comes up with what first sounds like a good ending.

Peter Heck does the reviews, and I already have five of the six:

Among Others - Jo Walton

Firebird - Jack McDevitt

The Apocalypse Codex (Laundry 4) - Charles Stross

The Games - Ted Kosmatka

Pavane - Keith Roberts

Heck's review of Jo's book is a bit odd. He says "... in which an incautious reader might assume there are considerable autobiographical elements" and, well....

You can read all of these reviews here.