Saturday, January 26, 2008

Asimov's 273 - Gardner Dozois

An excellent issue, with one 4.5 story, and one dodgy one, ending with McAuley's rather cool underwater adventure.

There's a rather epic Spinrad book review cum column, that espouses upon some small press and French books including a Di Filippo novel called Ciphers which is apparently replete with rock 'n roll jokes. That can't be bad.

A couple of quotes :-

"Years ago, Ron Busch, president of Pocket Books, in cancelling David Hartwell's Timescape line, explained in the pages of the New York Times that he was doing it because the books were too intelligent. He wanted to start a new line that would publish stupider books.
Really. No shit. You could look it up.
"Trop hardi."
Welcome to the Corporate Monkey House.
Yes, it would seem that it is now possible for a science fiction novel to be rendered commercially non-viable in the eyes of the publishing powers that be by an excess of literary virtues!
What further sign do we need that the "story" of science fiction, its genre publishing apparatus, its subculture of fans, its dedicated idealistic science fiction writers, its passionate editors, has reached an ending, and not a happy one?
Well, only one, much more dire, not merely for science fiction, but, I would contend, for our planetary civilization itself.
And, alas, we have it.
Science fiction would seem to have lost its visionary raison d'être. Our civilization would seem to have lost its positive evolutionary concept of "the future."
Perhaps you've noticed that even the best science fiction of the past few years and more seems to be dystopian to one degree or another, dealing at best with idealistic heroic figures attempting to revive the visionary virtues in a future devolved in one way or another from the present.""

ASIMOVS273 : Market Report - Alexander Jablokov
ASIMOVS273 : With Arms to Hold the Wind - Mark W. Tiedemann
ASIMOVS273 : Xiaoying's Journey - Robert L. Nansel
ASIMOVS273 : How Meersh the Bedeviler Lost His Toes - Gregory Frost
ASIMOVS273 : Radiant Doors - Michael Swanwick
ASIMOVS273 : Sea Change with Monsters - Paul J. McAuley

Parental smilodon hideout help.

4 out of 5

Pilot psyche repair.

3.5 out of 5

Babyloss defection.

3 out of 5

Dead fish, people, maybe not genitals though.

2.5 out of 5

Future Ownership fightback.

4.5 out of 5

Dragon hunter's misogynist defiance discovery.

4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

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