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Marilee J. Layman

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05:59 pm: Asimov's February 2006
I thought there were three really good stories in this issue:

1. Under The Graying Sea by Jonathan Sherwood -- space disaster, sadly and firmly dealt with.

2. Teen Angel by R. Garcia Y Robertson -- In a slaver's world, how does a walking Barbie doll get loose?

3. The Hastillian Weed by Ian Creasey -- Understanding new-to-Earth aliens.

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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:January 16th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
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The Sherwood story seemed like one that firmly belonged to another time...except that in that other time, the protagonist just before the end would have had a flash of insight which would have let her save herself. Fifty years ago, the story as written might have had as much impact as "The Cold Equations".
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 16th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
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It did seem a little classic, but I do appreciate that she died. Sometimes you need stories to lose. I think the title is not very good, though.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 1st, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Just happened across your site, Marilee. Glad you enjoyed "Under the Graying Sea."

And David, yes I was aiming for a "classic" feel with it. I was trying to invoke the feel of the 50's and the excitement of the space race. And you're absolutely right about "Cold Equations." I knew that going into the story, but I was determined that the ending was to be decided by Tessa, not someone else.

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy the stories to come - Jonathan
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