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Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine: 30th Anniversary Anthology

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This wide-ranging collection represents the breadth of science fiction writing published in the most significant and enduring magazine in the field during the past three decades. Slipstream authors such as Jonathan Lethem, James Patrick Kelly, and Kelly Link mingle with classic authors like Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Connie Willis along with the young turks of th ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Tachyon Publications
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The Young Urban Unprofessional
The Happy Man reminded me a lot of my dreams: vivid, lucid, unbelievably real, but with much less brutal raping. The story involves a main character who's soul will randomly be transported back into Hell, not necessarily real Hell, but certainly Hell for him. While his soul is in Hell, his body continues it's day to day comings and goings it's just that he shows almost no emotion. Most people don't even notice, except his family where it is a painfully obvious reality that they must live with. H ...more
Dec 17, 2009 Edward rated it 2 of 5 stars
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The editor warns us in the introduction that the magazine’s award winning stories are not included, every year is not represented, many great authors are left out, and it is really just a sampling. Oh-kay...that explains why I had difficulty and why I gave up reading the pulp mags so many years ago. Too much inconsistency.

The impulse is to read the next story to see if it’s better, but I hate wasting my reading time. It was a book group selection so I persevered and found a few better stories l
Ketan Shah
The title is a bit misleading as some of the stories are based more in fantasy than in SF. The opening story,John Varley's AIr Raid has been widely anthologised but most of the others were new to me. Jonathan Lethem's Happy Man was a standout,reminiscent of Orson Scott Card's Lost Boys. Lucius Shepard's rumination on 9-11,Only Partly Here is very well written and could have been published in a mainstream literary magazine.Some of the other stories didn;t quite hit the spot,especially Charles Str ...more
Kam-Yung Soh
A delightful romp through 30 years of "Asimov's Science Fiction" magazine with the opportunity to re-read some of the classics. My (biased) favourites are Varley's "Air Raid", Butler's "Speech Sounds", Asimov's "Robot Dreams" and Stross's "Lobsters".

But the one I most vividly remember was Lethem's disturbing "The Happy Man" about a man who 'migrates' to and from Hell. His only exit from Hell is after an 'act' is performed on him - an act from his forgotten past that will come back to haunt him a
Douglas Graham
Mixed bag, but overall an entertaining read.
Johnny Carruthers
I read the stories as they originally appeared in Asimov's. Most of them are all right taken individually, but taken as a whole, this particular batch of stories is kind of depressing. You could even call it something of a Debbie Downer. And I was extremely disappointed that, other than "Air Raid" (which appeared in the first issue), the first five years of the magazine was ignored.
Betsy Dion
This was an okay anthology. Some stories were very vivid, some were disturbing, but most were pretty neutral. There were only a couple that I found particularly moving.
Hunter Johnson
Another collection, and again mostly winners. My favorite was "Lobsters", by Charles Stross, so his novel Accelerando is on my to-read list.
I was disappointed...the collection featured one story that was captivating enough to keep my interest.
This is a fantastic collection of short stories by some of the masters of the genre.
Enjoyed them - especially middle time period ones.
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Sheila Williams is the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Editor, Short Form.

Sheila grew up in a family of five in western Massachusetts. Her mother had a master's degree in microbiology. Ms. Williams’ inte
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