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Marilee J. Layman

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04:12 pm: Asimov's October/November 2009
Sheila admits she likes Trek, I skipped Silverberg's continued Worldbuilding, James Patrick Kelly has his Net article on telescopes, and Mary Robinette Kowal has an essay on how likely SF science is, with answers drawn from an interview with Dr. Michio Kaku.

The poetry in this issue is heavily Halloween-oriented and the only one I liked was Elissa Malcohn's "Derivative Works."

A number of the stories in the issue used elements of stories from older authors. Little bits of homage is fine with me, but these were all a bit heavy.

The stories I liked:

"Blood Dauber" by Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore -- an unknown insect changes the life of the zookeeper.

"Where the Time Goes" by Heather Lindsley -- a novel time travel story where the untrained wins.

"Before My Last Breath" by Robert Reed -- a coal mine geologist finds an alien fossil.

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From:serge_lj
Date:September 11th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm still going thru the issue. I haven't yet had one story make me think "I love it!" although none have resulted in my skimming.

I was once again annoyed by Norman Spinrad's snooty book reviews and have decided to avoid him from now. (I mean it this time!)
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 11th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
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LOL I dislike Spinrad's stuff so much I didn't even mention it in the review. I found it hard going through Broderick's (waaay too close to Zelazny) and Barton's. Barton's surprised me because he used to live locally and frequently (and in this story) includes part of that. I enjoy the local parts, but he had so much circular stuff before it that I was rolling my eyes.
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