Now Playing: asimov's science fiction magazine 2013 april may
Topic: Asimov's Science Fiction
The Other Gun is one of Neal Asher's Polity stories. The wonderful use he makes of Polity technology to expand and explore the definition of "human" always delights me. Did not see the ending coming. His rough, tough protagonist matched against his troödon foil builds a story in which the reader longs for the moment he uses The Other Gun.
Julian of Earth by Colin P. Daniels tells a tale of deception, greed and comeupance mixed in with loyalty to an ideal with a mix of self discovery.
Gray Wings by Karl Bunker reminded me of Robert Silverberg's Nightwings. It is a much more down to earth story of two worlds.
Distant Like the Stars by Leah Cypess tells of a young woman, desperate to find her path away from home, who finds it's her way home as well. The Internet has shrunk our world uncomfortably for some. Imagine the effect instantaneous travel would have. The story reminded me of Harry Harrison's One Step from Earth Matter Transmitter stories, with the added detail of the need for a particularly talented individual to open the Door through which travelers travel.
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