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Asimov's Science Fiction, February 2016

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  13 reviews

"Passion Summer" by Nick Wolven
"The Charge and the Storm" by An Owomoyela

Short Stories
"The Grocer's Wife (Enhanced Transcription)" by Michael Libling
"Bringing Them Back" by Bruce McAllister
"In Equity" by Sarah Gallien
"Exceptional Forces" by Sean McMullen
"The Monster of 1928" by Sandra McDonald

"Murmurations" by Robert Borski
"Bottle Cast Upon a Dry Se
Kindle Edition, Asimov's Science Fiction, #481, 116 pages
Published January 16th 2016 by Dell Magazines
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Kam Yung Soh
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
An average issue with interesting stories by Nick Wolven and Sandra McDonald. Sean McMullen's tale of a scientist facing an assassin over a world changing discovery is a fascinating one.

- "The Grocer's Wife [Enhanced Transcription]" by Michael Libling: a tale that starts off appearing to be about a man suffering from dementia; until you see another view point and start to wonder if it is a fantastic conspiracy tale about how the government can suck out people's thoughts that comes full circle.

More winners than duds to my taste this time....

"The Grocer's Wife [Enhanced Transcription]" by Michael Libling. They're eating our brains! Not zombies, the government! Within the wrapper of a paranoid sci-fi tale, there's a sensitive, tragic look at Alzheimer's victims and caregivers. The inner story was far more powerful than the envelope; the sci-fi in the story is almost trite and distracting compared to the human suffering described. ****

Sarah Gallien's "In Equity" takes a look at future ad
Sacha Valero
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Asimov's Science Fiction February 2016

3 – Stars

Short Stories:

The Grocers Wife [Enhanced Transcription] by Michael Libling
4 – Stars

This was a really well written short that starts off with an old married couple. He's suffering from dementia and his wife has an inexhaustible reservoir of patience for him. On the other side, we have a young man who seems to work for some government agency responsible for reviewing and extracting information from peoples memories and this is why some people suffer f
Aaron Bellamy
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better than standard issue - I'd say around 3.75. Stand out stories are The Charge and the Storm by An Owomoyela and Exceptional Forces by Sean McMullen, but the others were mostly pretty solid as well.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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There was some really good stuff in this issue, and a couple of duds.

The Grocer's Wife - 4 stars
This story has a sci fi premise about the government stealing people's memories, but it stood out to me because of the poignant descriptions of the Tom, who is losing his mind, and Lynn, his loving wife who doesn't want to give up on him. If you've had a loved one with Alzheimer's, this story will hit home.

Bringing Them Back - 3 stars
Another story that plays on the emotions, there is really no action
Denise Barney
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let's start with Robert Silverberg's editorial. He mentions a magazine, "Famous Fantastic Mysteries," that reprinted works of fantasy & science fiction. He mentions G.K. Chesterton's "The Man Who Was Thursday," along with several other classics. Guess what? The novel was available on Project Gutenburg. Of course I downloaded it. And I found more interesting books as well.

As for stories, they were an intriguing bunch. "The Grocer's Wife" was especially poignant. "Exceptional Forces" is a twi
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I don't know if I can count this as read because I found myself drifting off with this batch. Going to give 4 starts to "Bringing Them Back" by Bruce McAllister, a simple premise, simply executed and moving. Sarah Gallien's excerpt was interesting, too, but an excerpt. Not much enthusiasm for this issue.
Rafael Ontivero
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
No está mal en consideración a la baja calidad con la que habitualmente nos tiene acostumbrados la revista. De todos modos, el cuento largo no tiene mucho sentido ya que parece como un trozo de algo que tenía un principio y tendrá un final.
Francis Bass
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
All around good issue, but An Owomoyela's "The Charge and the Storm" really stands out. It's a rich, compelling drama played out over the backdrop of a unique, well thought-out world.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Asimov's seems to be on a good story spree. Just like with the last one, I loved these stories quite a bit.
Alycia Bencloski
Favorite Story in Issue: The Charge and the Storm by An Owomoyela
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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These were average stories. I particularly liked The Grocer's Wife (Michael Libling) and Exceptional Forces (Sean McMullen), both of which are short stories.
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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