Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman
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Asimov's December 2008

This is the new size and there are definitely changes in the contents. The (I know this word, head something -- the list of staff) has been made smaller and the Next Issue takes the place a poem would normally. There's no poetry at all, in fact, and the end of the Books review column takes up most of the advertising page at the back. The con calendar is intact. Sheila talks about the new dimensions and Silverberg picks up on his last column on Will F. Jenkins/Murray Leinster. There are two short-shorts, one regular short story, two novelettes, and a novella.

Every single story in this issue is substantially about death. Okay, December is the end of the year, but I don't remember Death issues on other Decembers. It's a strange choice. I only really liked two:

1. In Concert by Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem -- there's a lost astronaut and an elderly woman who hears other people sometimes. She hears the astronaut and he hears her. He gives her a phone number to call. Can they save him? Will she live long enough?

2. The Flowers of Nicosia by David Ira Cleary -- middle-aged rock musicians are determined to make peace between Islam and Christianity by playing music in the Islamic areas, in the midst of a plague outbreak. Do they live? Does anybody? The cover, by J.K. Potter, is not only very accurate but shows some of the symbolism in the story.
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