Asimov's Science Fiction – July 2007
by Sheila Williams (Ed.)
Edited by Sheila Williams
Cover Artist: Donato Giancola
Review by Sam Tomaino
Dell ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: 24 May 2007 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The July 2007 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction" is pretty perfect. All the stories got a Very Good from me. There are stories by veterans like Nancy Kress, Brian Stableford, Chris Roberson, Robert Reed and Michael Swanwick and new writer John Schoffstall's first appearance in the magazine.
I thoroughly enjoyed the July 2007 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction". All the stories got a Very Good from me.
The big novella is "Fountain of Age" by Nancy Kress. Max is an old man who never married the love of his life, Daria. She has become famous because she is the source of longevity treatments that have changed the world. He goes to great lengths to see her again but things go in a different direction. Brian Stableford's "The Trial" refers to a drug trial for a cure for Alzheimer's. For one patient, there is an unusual side effect. What if our memory was too good?
"The Sky Is Large and the Earth Is Small" by Chris Roberson is another in a series set in an ancient world dominated by China. Cao Wen must find out about an expedition to "Mexica", years ago. He finds out how the Emperor can win and what more his culture can do. In "Bullet Dance" by John Schoffstall, the daughter of an ambassador is taught by spirits how to avoid bullets. Robert Reed contributes "Roxie" another of his unusual tales. This one deals with the aging of a beloved dog and an approaching big event for Earth. Last we have a hilarious tale from Michael Swanwick. "Congratulations From the Future!" is, supposedly, a letter from the future with some funny references to unlikely things that will happen in the field of science fiction.
Asimov's continues its great 30th year.