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07:44 pm: Asimov's February 2012

Williams talks about winning the Hugo, Silverberg goes on about Eddison, Peter Heck discusses books (including Charlie's Rule 34).

I liked two stories in this issue:

1. "The Voodoo Project" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- about a spy set into a situation that isn't what she expected.

2. "The People of Pele" by Ken Liu -- scientists are sent from Earth to a far human-supportable planet, knowing they'll never come home. The US keeps sending them messages, but the time lapse is bad enough that they make their own decisions.

and think this one is absolutely remarkable:

1. "Murder Born" by Robert Reed -- I'll quote from his intro: "What would have to happen for the public to celebrate, shamelessly and without doubts, the death of someone who had stolen an innocent life?" I foresaw a lot of the plot movements, but the way he wrote them really drew me in.

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From:tavella
Date:January 4th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
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I'll quote from his intro: "What would have to happen for the public to celebrate, shamelessly and without doubts, the death of someone who had stolen an innocent life?"

Given the amount of celebration that occurs when some particularly hated murderer gets executed, including parties outside the execution site, I'm kind of puzzled by that premise. It wouldn't take anything at all; it happens already.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 4th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
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When he says "people," he means everybody. I think execution for anything is wrong, and that splits the idea that everybody is happen.
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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:January 4th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
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I also like the Robert Reed story -- at least twice, I thought of a possible way to use the premise, and then it showed up almost immediately in the story itself. And there was at least one twist I didn't think of, nor did I anticipate the ending.

I will say that I think his editors were right, that the premise could not have sustained a whole novel.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 4th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
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He did say he took a lot out, so maybe there was more, but it sure worked as a novella.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 12th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
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LeBeau saidBut it will probably be Far harder to obtain others to join under you
锘縏heir performance caught the nation's attention and so people started wearing their jerseyThey seem to be caught off guard by how physical the Saints were
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