Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman

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Asimov's February 2009

This is an even smaller issue where Sheila talks about how the December issue really was all about music instead of death. I doubt she reads here, so other people must have commented to her. Silverberg goes on about how it was hard to be published back in the old days, too. There's only one long piece, a novella, in this issue, and four pieces of poetry. I didn't read the Rucker/Sterling because I don't read Rucker.

The Point, a short-short by Steven Utley, was the high point of this issue. Succinct yet brainflipping, it's a great story and all too true.

The other story I mostly liked was Pelago by Judith Berman, an excerpt of an upcoming novel. My problem was that there's a creole used throughout that I had to slow down a lot to parse and that will probably keep me from reading the novel. A girl of a higher race is hiding on the ship that killed her family and hopes to kill the ship's staff. The ship is staffed by the lower race. Will she get her wish?

There was also an excellent piece of poetry, Regular Riders, by Ruth Berman. A magic look at how sometimes change doesn't. I don't know if Ruth and Judith are related, I suppose I can ask Ruth at Minicon.
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