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Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine: 30th Anniversary Anthology

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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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Jun 12, 2015 Alanna rated it it was amazing
Many of these stories I wish were truncated versions of novels. I WANT MORE!
I'm somewhat new to sci fi, so this has been a nice introduction to some really great authors! The boyfriend is cranky that a few of them don't qualify, in his mind, as "sci fi." Perhaps for the 30th anniversary, they decided to put in some stories that really push the definition. One in particular: Is it sci fi? His definition is NO. Mine is not really, but it's interesting that it was included and we've talked about th
Apr 08, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
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 it was ok
Shelves: sf
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
Jared Millet
Jun 07, 2015 Jared Millet rated it really liked it
I think this one set a record for the book that's been on my "currently reading" shelf the longest since I started tracking stuff on Goodreads. I've been dipping into this collection for about two years now whenever I was in the mood for a random short story. There's no unifying theme to this anthology other than it being a "greatest hits" of all the SF authors I've come to love over the last thirty years or so. It's taken me so long to get through that I can't honestly rate the individual stori ...more
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
Paul Bendall
May 01, 2015 Paul Bendall rated it liked it
A nice mix of stories. One or two i wouldn't have classed as science fiction though.
Soh Kam Yung
Dec 30, 2013 Soh Kam Yung rated it liked it
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
May 29, 2014 Douglas Graham rated it liked it
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
Feb 04, 2012 Betsy Dion rated it liked it
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.
Oct 15, 2011 Miranda rated it liked it
I was disappointed...the collection featured one story that was captivating enough to keep my interest.
Jun 04, 2009 GikiGalore rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a fantastic collection of short stories by some of the masters of the genre.
Dec 19, 2010 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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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