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Marilee J. Layman

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06:15 pm: Asimov's January 2011

Sheila Williams' editorial was about Martin Gardner, how she'd known him, and his puzzles that were in Asimov's. Then there's a Gardner puzzle. It has several puzzling bits in it, and I got part of each while reading the first time. I was surprised because I hadn't done so well for a while. Maybe I need a puzzle book. Silverberg talked about time and James Patrick Kelly's column was on whether the internet made our brains better or not.

At the end of the book was the story index for 2010 and the ballot for the Reader's Award Poll. As usual, there was a small section of ads and then the convention list.

There was a really great poem in this: "Five Pounds of Sunlight" by Geoffrey A. Landis

I liked more stories than I usually do:

1. "Visitors" by Steve Rasnick Tem -- what happens to prisoners when we have cryobiology in the future

2. "Interloper" by Ian McHugh -- a far future where if we're not careful, something we don't know or understand comes and kills us

3. "Ashes on the Water" by Gwendolyn Clare -- a girl in future India trying to get to the ocean

4. "Killer Advice" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- a murder mystery that takes place on a junky resort space station

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