REVIEW SUMMARY: One strong short story and two fair novelettes stand out in comparison to a novella and short stories that never fully reach their potential.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Time travel, the afterlife of nanotech, tactical warfare on a moon orbiting Mars, and an intimate look at two space-inspired young people and more await readers in the pages of the latest issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
PROS: One highly creative, thought-provoking short story; two novellettes that are fair; entertaining reflection on year’s best anthologies and their history by Robert Silverberg; nice editorial honoring early female astronauts.
CONS: A novella and short stories which felt like they could go somewhere interesting but never arrived.
BOTTOM LINE: The March 2013 issue sits at the mediocre end of the spectrum in considering it against some of Asimov’s better offerings. This is disappointing given the past quality of some of the included authors’ stories and the potential that almost every story appeared to have at the start. Fans of the authors included should seek out the issue. Those considering trying Asimov’s for the first time would be best served tracking down the January 2013 issue which set the standard impossibly high for the rest of the year.
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