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CONTENTS

Novellas
"How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry" by Alexander Jablokov
"The Girl Who Stole Herself" by R. Garcia y Robertson

Novelettes
"Other Worlds and This One" by Cadwell Turnbull
"@lantis" by Rudy Rucker & Marc Laidlaw
"Gale Strang" by Michael Bishop

Short Stories
"Annabelle, Annie" by Lisa Goldstein
"An Evening with Severyn Grimes" by Rich Larson
"Transcendental Mission: Rile
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Kindle Edition, Asimov's Science Fiction, #498-499, 212 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Dell Magazines
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carol.
'The Girl Who Stole Herself' by R. Garcia y Robertson
One of the only things I read that feels like a video game... in a good, feminist, fun way. Yeah, unusual.

"How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry" by Alexander Jablokov
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Peter Tillman
My review is solely for two stories on the 32nd annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards ballot. Both are first-rate:

"The Girl Who Stole Herself" by R. Garcia y Robertson. This is a very high-energy story involving the Crown Princess of Callisto, crooked cops, Space Vikings!, pirates, Mongol warriors and more! After a head-snapping series of plot twists, a bunch of teenage girls take over the battle cruiser!
It's pretty confusing, but fun, and I recommend it. 4 stars.

"How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry" by Al
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Standback
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, an extremely poor issue.

There's one standout story, which I really enjoyed: "Other Worlds and This One," by Cadwell Turnbull. The narrator journeys through time and alternate realities, and the story is simply rich with voice, character and emotion. The story follows along, in parallel, with two very different characters, and the entire thing works marvelously well. Recommended.

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"Anabelle, Annie," by Lisa Goldstein, makes an interesting use of subverting expectations. What start
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Michael Frasca
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite story:

"How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry" by Alexander Jablokov. Imagine a sort-of-Mos Eisley set on a kind-of-Discworld. Add in search for lost laundry and a non-human Quint. What's there not to like?
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Dawn
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Completely unimpressed with the thinly disguised identity politics and progressive pablum contained in this issue. I'm seriously considering cancelling my subscription to Asimov's. It's a shame that a high-quality magazine has been reduced to publishing utter rubbish.

There were a couple of...not bright spots, just less dim ones.

"The Patient Dragon" by David Gerrold was a decently told story, as was "Other Worlds and This one" by Cadwell Turnbull. Definitely the highlights of this issue.

"The Gir
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Denise Barney
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another stellar issue...

Robert Silverberg's column, "Reflections," looks back at "shared world" stories from the 1920's and 1930's--and I wish I could find them! Jim Kelly's column, "On the Net," looks at the history of mobile phones and how reality has caught up with science fiction (I had a Handspring Visor PDA, an early Nokia, and my first smartphone was a Palm Centro).

I really enjoyed the two stories by James Gunn, "Transcendental Mission: Riley's Story" and "Weighty Matters: Tordor's Story
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Benn Allen
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
If it wasn't for David Gerrold's excellent "{The Patient Dragon", Rich Larson's "An Evening With Severyn Grimes" and James Gunn's two entries (though both read as if they were excerpts from a novel, chapters or partial chapters introducing a couple of characters), this issue would have been a complete waste of time. There were two or three stories ("How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry", "@lantis" and "The Girl Who Stole Herself") that I came very close to not even bothering to finish reading. I eithe ...more
Ken Richards
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read and enjoyed Alexander Jablokov's excellent and well built novella, 'How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry', as part of my reading for Hugo Award 2018 nominations. The story of private investigator Sere Glagolit's troubled quest to make a living in the multispecies meltingpot which is Tempest, City of Storms involves secret pathways and tunnels, toxic laundry, exploding exterminators and improntu hang-gliding, to name just a few of the escapades!

the story made it on to my long list for nomination
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I'm reading this for the story "The Girl Who Stole Herself" by R. Garcia y Robertson. It is hard to understand, and not in a very good-rewarding way. And I had to start with this story if I wanted to understand the sequel in the May/June 2020 issue. I'm getting to the conclusion it's not worth the effort.
Sometimes I'm self-conscious of writing reviews on the internet because the authors may read them... does this happen to someone else?
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George Heintzelman
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I’m reluctant to rate it only 1-star, because I liked Gerrold’s “The Patient Dragon”, Jablokov’s “How Sere Picked up Her Laundry” was interesting, and R. Garcia y Robertson’s “The Girl who stole herself” was a great start which didn’t quite seal the deal but was fun nonetheless. Unfortunately, the rest of the issue was pretty poor, with several stories I didn’t finish — rare for me.
Elaysee
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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My favorite piece was Rich Larson's short story "An Evening with Severyn Grimes," an unusual depiction of uploading consciousness into other bodies. I also enjoyed Alexander Jablokov's novella "How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry," and will be glad to read future plans for this character and world. ...more
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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.

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