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TOC: Asimov’s April/May 2011

Asimov’s has posted the table of contents (with samples) for the April/May 2011 issue:


  • “The Day the Wires Came Down” by Alexander Jablokov
  • “Clockworks” by William Preston
  • “A Response” from EST17 by Tom Purdom
  • “Becalmed” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


  • “An Empty House With Many Doors” by Michael Swanwick
  • “The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick
  • “North Shore Friday” by Nick Mamatas
  • “The Fnoor Hen” by Rudy Rucker
  • “Smoke City” by Christopher Barzak
  • “The One That Got Away” by Esther M. Friesner
  • “The Flow and Dream” by Jack Skillingstead


  • “Religion is Canceled” by Danny Adams
  • “Ballad of the Warbots” by Jack O’Brien
  • “Monsters of the Stratosphere” by Darrell Schweitzer
  • “Garden Fairies” by Jane Yolen
  • “Seeking Out Lobe-finned Truths” by Robert Frazier
  • “Black Hole” William by John Watkins


  • Editorial: Rose-Tinted Goggles by Sheila Williams
  • Reflections: The Plot Genie by Robert Silverberg
  • Reflections: More About The Plot Genie by Robert Silverberg
  • Thought Experiments: Celebrating Isaac by James Gunn
  • On The Net: James Patrick Kelly: New Brains for Old
  • On The Net: James Patrick Kelly: Fantastic
  • Next Issue
  • On Books: Urbi et Orbi by Norman Spinrad
  • The SF Conventional Calendar by Erwin S. Strauss
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1 Comment on TOC: Asimov’s April/May 2011

  1. jon Lyndon // May 6, 2011 at 5:08 am //

    “Smoke City” by Christopher Barzak is, simply, brilliant. It has the literary-heart of a city’s character, and the soot-stained clockwork soul of steampunk in the real world. It is exactly how a short-story should be written. Short. To the point; with great imagery and feel.  If you only read one story in this excellent collection, read “Smoke City.” I would also add the novelette “Clockworks” by William Presto. This story contains the feel of an epic written in less than forty pages. At it’s end, you’ll feel as if you’ve read one of the big trilogies in the span of drinking just one mug of coffee.

        Of course, Asimov’s Science Fiction always finds new writers, as well as new stories from familiar pens, such as Mike Resnick, Michael Swanwick, Rudy Rucker and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  With “Monsters of the Stratosphere” by Darrell Schweitzer, the poetry is pretty good, as well. 

         Good stuff.


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