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Required reading for SF fans and authors

I still have my original copies of Asimov's when the magazine made its first debut. Every issue I've read over the last 30 years contained exceptional short stories. I don't recall ever reading one where I was dissatisfied after putting it down. Not every story is a Hug...
I still have my original copies of Asimov's when the magazine made its first debut. Every issue I've read over the last 30 years contained exceptional short stories. I don't recall ever reading one where I was dissatisfied after putting it down. Not every story is a Hugo-winner, but Asimov's certainly has its share of Hugo and Nebula award winning short stories. All up and coming science fiction authors aspire to get accepted to this magazine. By analyzing what was accepted, authors can hone their craft to the point of getting picked up for an issue. Personally, I've found Asimov's to be more character-centric, while Analog tended to be more hard sci-fi. I enjoy reading more about how events and environments impact characters, and how they change over the story. I highly recommend this magazine.

posted by Guy_Anthony_De_Marco on April 13, 2011

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Review of March 2011 issue

I enjoyed this issue more than the Feb. issue: overall, much better stories. However, I did not like a couple of them -- "Movement" which is about autism, and "Clean" which is about Alzheimer's because of what I thought of as bad science underlying them.

I *hate* th...
I enjoyed this issue more than the Feb. issue: overall, much better stories. However, I did not like a couple of them -- "Movement" which is about autism, and "Clean" which is about Alzheimer's because of what I thought of as bad science underlying them.

I *hate* the way the table of contents works in the Nook version of IASFM: I don't like that you only get a listing for "Novelettes," "Short Stories," "Poetry," etc. then have to go to the page for that section which has blurbs about the stories, and then have to "thumb" through the section using the "Next Story" link. This is unduly complicated. Just have 1 TOC page with links to each item. Other Nook SF magazines do this. The IASFM arrangement is user unfriendly.

I don't know if it's something that IASFM did or if I don't have something on my Nook set right, but there were URLs embedded in James Patrick Kelly's column, and it would have be great to have been able to have clicked on them, but I couldn't. Being able to follow embedded hyperlinks in an e-book is one of the medium's advantages.

posted by AmyMacEvilly on April 20, 2011

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