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"Lazy Dog Out" by Suzanne Palmer

"Matilda" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"The Return of Black Murray" by Alexander Jablokov
"Project Synergy" by Dominica Phetteplace
"Flight from the Ages" by Derek Künsken
"Of the Beast in the Belly" by C. W. Johnson

Short Stories
"Three Paintings" by James Van Pelt
"The Days of Hamelin" by Robert Reed
"Starless Night" by Rober
Kindle Edition, Asimov's Science Fiction, #483-484, 196 pages
Published March 26th 2016 by Dell Magazines
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Kam Yung Soh
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A pretty good issue of Asimov's, packed with stories that are more on the technological (not necessarily Hard) side of SF. Those by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, James Van Pelt, T.R. Napper and Suzanne Palmer have content that struck me emotionally. The other stories are still good.

- "Matilde" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: a spaceship with one crew is sent out to discover more about an enemy ship. Unlike other ships, in this one, the crew member must (here, reluctantly) join minds with the ship to become
I especially enjoyed several of the longer stories in this issue, interesting space opera novella and novelettes. Short stories, not so much.

Suzanne Palmer's "Lazy Dog Out" novella gets things off to a great start. A fast-moving space opera with several engaging characters. Khifi (handle "Fox") is a tug pilot at a space dock on an orbital trading station. She notices some strange discrepancies in the official stories on events, and eventually ends up in the middle of a ugly conspiracy. Okay, may
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't tend to care for the double issues so much just because they tend to start to drag a little, but this one was full of great stories.

First off, I was very pleasantly surprised reading a continuation from last month's issue by Dominica Phetteplace (and looking forward to next month's when she has a story there as well). I'm a sucker for story arcs. It's a very entertaining near-future plot involving corporations and their catering to the market.

"Matilda" and "Lazy Dog Out" were great pil
Patrick Hurley
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of good stuff in here, but I think my favorites were "Flame Trees" by T.R. Napper and "Project Synergy" by Dominica Phetteplace.
Denise Barney
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A double issue allows for some longer stories. "Lazy Dog Out" explores team loyalty. "Matilda" is also about a space pilot and her ship, but the team is the pilot and the ship. "Three Paintings" is about Vincent Van Gogh and the nature of creativity. There are more and some interesting poetry, too!
Francis Bass
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of entertaining stories, especially "Three Paintings" and "Of the Beast in the Belly."
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, own
Samuel Lubell
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stories, sf, magazines
The double issues of Asimov's tend to be stronger than the monthly issues.
Lee Pfahler
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read the novella Lazy Dog Out. Probably give it 3 1/2 stars if Goodreads would let me.
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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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