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Asimovs Sep 2008: Horse Racing by Mary Rosenblum REVIEW August 28, 2008

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Some months there are few (if any) really innovative stories in an issue of Asimovs, the September 2008 issue isn’t such a case.

In particular short story called Horse Racing by author Mary Rosenblum is worth the price of the issue. The basic premise is that human lives are controlled by corporations who big on children and then help to shape their lives with silent/unseen guiding hands.

It’s an innovative concept and one that is sparse on hard details – leaving lots to the imagination. As is typical with Asimovs the story focusses on character and not the speculative science. If this story were expanded to novel length I suspect that would change.

The idea that an unseen guiding hand guides destiny isn’t new but the concept of trading ‘Futures’ isn’t something that i’ve seen done in as elegant a fashion as Rosenblum has done with Horse Racing.