The September 2012 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction has been out for about two weeks already.Issues of the magazine are available both in print and electronically.

The magazine was founded in the late 70s by Isaac Asimov, a man whom I admire. Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer in fiction and also, in my honest opinion, one of the best non-fiction writers , writing on subjects ranging from natural science to math to history.Asimov was an advocate of the Enlightenment—which means an advocate of the power of reason and science to solve problems, an advocate of material progress, the promotion of knowledge among the populace, and supporter of liberal democracy.

Asimov's magazine has a distinguished history of publishing speculative fiction that has fine literary quality—one will not find clunky writing here, like in pulp magazines of decades ago.The magazine has published many stories which have won Hugo and Nebula awards.

This issue is quite typical of the magazine.It has book reviews, an editorial by the editor, a regular essay by Robert Silverberg, some poetry, and short fiction which is generally good.

The cover of this issue, which I think is pretty cool, refers to a story in this issue: "Mating Habits of the Late Cretaceous."In this story, a couple use a time-travel service to go to the late Cretaceous, in an attempt to work out their marital problems.

The other fiction in this issue is generally good.I want to point out the novella "Unearthed" by William Preston.In this novella, the setting is in Latin America in the 1920s, and one of the main characters is named Little Boss, who is basically the pulp adventure hero Doc Savage in all but name.Little Boss, and the narrator, investigate a disaster at a mine, and the paranormal happenings around it.This novella is fine contribution to adventure and even weird fiction.

So for $4.99 (or even less if you buy it electronically) you can get a excellent novella plus a couple of good stories.