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Asimov's Science Fiction, December 2016

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CONTENTS

Novella
"Where There Is Nothing, There Is God" by David Erik Nelson

Novelettes
"They Have All One Breath" by Karl Bunker
"Empty Shoes by the Lake" by Gay Partington Terry
"HigherWorks" by Gregory Norman Bossert

Short Stories
"How the Damned Live On" by James Sallis
"The Cold Side of the Island" by Kali Wallace

Poetry
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Perfectbound, Asimov's Science Fiction, #491, 116 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Dell Magazines
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This review is just for the very good SF story "They Have All One Breath" by Karl Bunker, which has just been reprinted and is free online in here in Clarkesworld magazine. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

James is walking down the street late one night when he meets an old friend, Ivan. They walk together toward their apartment building, talking about the huge changes that have occurred ever since the AIs started taking over. It began with weapons falling apart in soldiers’ hands and missiles and tanks f
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Tom LA
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few great stories, a stunning, wonderful one, and a couple of duds.

"They have all one breath" by Karl Bunker is one of the best stories I've ever read. I read it on a flight from Chicago to LA, and loved it. Maybe it's because I've been thinking about self-driving cars a lot lately, but it gripped me right away. It is about our society in about 50 years from now, after the singularity has happened, and Super A.I. has been achieved (a scenario that is not impossible). I consider Arthur C. Clar
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G33z3r
Good news and bad news.

I really enjoyed the cover novella, "Where There Is Nothing, There Is God" by David Erik Nelson, which is also by far the longest story in the issue. Nelson has written a couple of other time travel stories for Asimov's, and I've enjoyed those, too. He avoids the usual time travel tropes and finds fascinating new angles with which to approach it. In this case, some unsavory people have found a profitable use for the past, beyond the reach of modern law. This issue is wort
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Corey
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
As some others have said, the stories by Nelson and Bunker were excellent, moving and memorable. The rest were mostly forgettable. Great features by Silverberg and Heck, as usual. The double issue that kicked off 2017 is a better example of what this magazine is capable of.
Laura
"Where There Is Nothing, There Is God" by David Erik Nelson - A rather unique and darkly humorous time travel tale. The details of characterization are nicely done too. Apparently the third in the New Guys Time Portal series of short stories, but it stands perfectly well on its own. **** (3/10-3/11/17)

[This novella was made available online as one of the finalists in the 2016 Asimov's Readers' Award Poll.]
Lizabeth Tucker
"They Have All One Breath" by Karl Bunker
How does the world react when the AIs take over? When they destroy weapons of war, provide food and housing to the poor and the needy, police violence by stopping it with an electrical tap? How can couples wanting children deal with a reduction of births? Horrible and wonderful, impossible, yet not. Makes you think about just how bad a perfect world could be. 3.5 out of 5.

"Empty Shoes by the Lake" by Gay Partington Terry
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Sarah Pinsker’s Guest Editorial That’s Far Out, So You Read it Too? muses on the connections, and the similarities, between SF and music. Robert Silverberg’s Reflections examines the possibility and desirability of resurrecting the Dodo genetically. Peter Heck’s On Books discusses novels by Lois McMaster Bujold, Charles Stross, Pierce Brown, Tim Powers, Indra Das and Lavie Tidhar.
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They All Have One Breath by Alexander Jablokov explicitly references E M Forster’s The Machine Stops in a tale of a world tak/>They
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Devin
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This issue is front loaded with all the best stories appearing at the start. Which is good, since they are also the longest selections in the collection.

Which means that the novella: "Where There is Nothing, There is God" by David Erik Nelson is the premium offering in this set. The premise is a blast: a time travel tale about meth dealers selling to a village in Colonial Massachusetts in exchange for Paul Revere spoons. Humor, intrigue and a good cast of char
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Denise Barney
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"HigherWorks" was the novelette I struggled to get through in this issue. "Where There Is Nothing, There Is God," was an interesting look at the temptations time travel offers. "The Cold Side of the Island" is a look at the ties that bind us to old friends and home. "They Have All One Breath" looks at life under AIs. In his editorial, Robert Silverberg discusses bringing back dodos.
Jay
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover story "Where the is nothing there is God" was pretty good but my favorite, hands down was They all Have One Breath by Karl Bunker. The other ones were all pretty good. "The Cold Side of The Island" and "Higherworks" were probably my least favorite.
Patrick Hurley
"The Cold Side of the Island" by Kali Wallace was my favorite of this month's bunch.
Joshua
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover story was good, everything else was just okay at best.
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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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