Asimov's Science Fiction, March/April 2018, by Peter Heck, Robert Frazier, Jane Yolen, James Van Pelt, Rachel Swirsky, Mary Robinette Kowal, Todd Dillard, Sean Monaghan, James E. Gunn, Darrel Schweitzer, Alexandra Renwick, Ray Nayler, Robert Reed, Erwin S. Strauss, Robert Silverberg, Sheila Williams, Peter Payack, Trace Yulie, James Patrick Kelly, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Rich Larson, Rudy Rucker, Bill Johnson
I remember receiving Asimov’s via ‘snail mail’ when Isaac Asimov was still alive, and ebooks a figment of SF itself. Now I have a painless subscription that delivers the latest issue to my Kindle … where it invariably accumulates in an electronic ‘to read’ heap. A 2018 reading goal has been to catch up with my magazine / short story reading in particular. Asimov’s remains the premier short fiction outlet for SF. The first issue of 2018 showcases just how vibrant and innovative it continues to be. The bimonthly format does allow for longer pieces and/or more short stories. Inevitably not all the stories are equally strong, or will appeal to the same readers, but Asimov’s continues to be an important barometer of the health of the SF genre.