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Marilee J. Layman

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08:52 pm: Asimov's: June 2010
Sheila's editorial pointed out that she gets a lot of hostile letters, and one said she always buys letters with cats. She continued on how she does occasionally put stories with pets in, but doesn't usually. There's three stories with pets in this issue.

I actually read Silverberg this time: he was talking about how people want to declare something and have it happen, and he started with a town in Florida that declared there would be no evil in their boundaries.

James Patrick Kelly did the second half of his Free piece, spending a lot of time on whether things that are free will give you things that area paid.

I liked three stories this time:

1. "The Emperor of Mars" by Allen Steele -- a handyman on a Mars mission has a mental breakdown and when he leaves, there's a surprise.

2. "Petopia" by Benjamin Crowell -- in a poverty-stricken part of Africa*, a young woman finds an electronic pet. Her brother figures out how to make it serve them.

3. "Voyage to the Moon" by Peter Friend -- an astronomer is allowed to go to the moon to get a flower for his Majesty, but when he gets up there on his house pod, there's a cover.

* fledgist caught this -- it really felt like India to me, but he says probably Mali and he's much more likely to know than I am.

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From:fledgist
Date:April 2nd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
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With names like Diallo? Streets called Avenue de la Rèpublique? People who are Malinké? It's set in Mali, or a place that seems a lot like it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 2nd, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
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No, I would never have known. I'll edit up above.
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From:fledgist
Date:April 2nd, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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