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Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2012 by Sheila Williams
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Jun 27, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: magazine, sf-and-fantasy
Read from May 14 to June 27, 2012

A better than average issue with a thoughtful story by Will McIntosh to round it off.

- "Final Exam" by Megan Arkenberg: a story told as a multi-answer questionnaire, this is an alien invasion merged with a relationship story whose final answer will wary based on the way the questions are answered

- "Waiting at the Altar" by Jack McDevit: by chance, a wrecked ship long lost in space is found. Its discovery reveals that contact with an alien species has been made; but will the aliens still be waiting for an answer if another contact is attempted?

- "The Flowering Ape" by Alan DeNiro: despite the alien surroundings and the aliens that bond with humans to travel through space, this is still a tale about teenagers growing up and doing things that adults would normally not do

- "The Widdershins Clock" by Kali Wallace: a search for a lost grandmother with a strange clock reveals an interesting history of a family and meetings with unusual people in the past

- "Missionaries" by Mercurio D. Rivera: in the far future, a group of missionaries make contact with an indifferent alien. But why did the alien apparently communicate only with the missionaries and, in the end, who is 'saving' whose 'soul'?

- "Free Range" by Bruce McAllister: a story that starts out as a quest for 'black chickens' turns into a strange quest to protect a small dog from the clutches of aliens...who are probablyl not very smart. But it does show why sometimes strange routines develop among some cultures.

- "Scout" by Bud Sparhawk: when aliens are intent on destroying humanity, it is up to biologically modified human scouts to infiltrate and find out all they can about the unknown alien 'Shards'. But how long will this scout last and what secrets will he find?

- "Possible Monsters" by Will McIntosh: a monster inhabits a man's living room; and in return gives the man a 'gift' that lets him see possible futures. What can he do with the gift to alter his present?

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