Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

by kalbzayn on November 18, 2007

My mom-in-law bought me a subscription to Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine a while back. I got busy and fell behind in my reading. I started back in a couple weeks ago and just have been amazed and the quality and diversity of stories.

It is really cool to read through the stories and see the crazy ideas that people turn into stories and see the odd techniques that show up in the magazine. People seem to take some wilder gambles with short stories. It’s also interesting to see some of the stories that straddle between sci-fi and fantasy.

One of my favorite parts is finding stories that are not as good as the others and wondering if I have a story that good in me. It’s petty and cruel, but each magazine normally has one story that I just don’t get how they couldn’t have something better. After really thinking about it, I normally realize that the story is actually written well but just in a style that I don’t personally like. Every once in a while though there is a story that I’m sure I could take back to the tool shed and teach a thing or two…or at least I somehow convince myself of that.

I haven’t read many short stories in ages. When I’m thinking about writing these days, it is mostly short stories or maybe a novella so it is great to see the types of things that good writers are doing these days with small handfuls of words.

If you like sci-fi, I would highly recommend checking out this magazine at a book store and see if you like the types of stories they publish. Plus, they normally have some pretty good prices on the postcard subscription cards inside the magazine.

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