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Marilee J. Layman

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10:24 pm: Asimov's January 2009
This is the second of the new book size and it also has a very short story, from Niven. There is a poem, although other than the setting out in short lines, it could be flash fiction.

The two that I really liked were:

The Lion Walk by Mary Rosenblum -- how do people keep getting into and killed in a new animal reserve in the middle of the future US?

Unintended Behaviour by Nancy Kress -- when your husband has made you just another part of his overly-technological future, what do you do?

There was one I didn't like: Messiah Excelsa by E. Salih. A time traveler tries to get a particular Stradivarius, and a good story of that could have been had in four pages. You know how one of the ways I can tell my brain is having a little lightning strike is that I can't read or can't understand words together? I turned the page to read this and thought "Oh no." Then I turned back and that was fine. I turned forward in the magazine, and that was fine. So I turned back again and realized that it was all the extra overdone words. I skimmed the story.

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From:skylarker
Date:November 16th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to look out for a copy, even if only to read the Nancy Kress story.
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From:fledgist
Date:November 16th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I read it today, on a plane, and found the Niven story rather amusing. Salih's story was overdone, I agree, but I think he has talent.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 16th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I thought the Niven was kind of cute, but a bit predictable. I was more emphasizing, though, that this is the second short-short they've had in these two issues, so maybe that's a new market. And in those two issues, this is the first poem, so maybe that's not such a market anymore.

Where were you? Are you home?
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From:fledgist
Date:November 16th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I was returning to Atlanta from a conference in Boston. This gave me an opportunity to see my older son and his girlfriend, since he's in grad school in western Massachusetts and she's in grad school in New York.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 16th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Oh, sounds like a nice trip, then!
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From:fledgist
Date:November 17th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
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Yes, it was.
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