I'm a star, that's right. I'm one that you won't ever see. But chances are that you've looked for and heard about me! One day God brought me great news, That I would shine in the sky for the King of the Jews! My light swept through the night and covered the earth.
Prophecy was fulfilled that this was Jesus' birth. What was it like to be the star of Bethlehem? Those who love the Christmas story will enjoy Bethlehem's Star. This tale will touch the heart of any age - the story of Christ's birth from the star that shared its brilliance on that sacred scene long ago.
Ascension to Death is the first work of acclaimed Syrian writer Mamdouh Azzam to be published in English. Set against the backdrop of a conservative Druze region of southern Syria, this is the tragic story of the orphan Salma, who falls in love with a boy from her village but is then forced into an arranged marriage. The controller of Salma’s fate is her tyrannical uncle, who, as her guardian and a powerful community leader with governmental ties, is all too pleased to unload the burden of his brother’s daughter onto the first man to propose. As Salma desperately tries to escape the marriage, the novel follows her attempt to flee with her lover. But after her family colludes with the authorities against her, Salma finds herself trapped in a nightmarish ordeal of imprisonment, torture, and abandonment. One of the most beloved Syrian novels of our time, Ascension to Death is a dark, inventive, and unflinchingly honest look at both the best and the worst to be found in human nature and our modern world.
CONTENTS Novelettes "Weep for Day" by Indrapramit Das "Heaven's Touch" by Jason Sanford "Joining the High Flyers" by Ian Creasey "The Bernoulli War" by Gord Sellar Short Stories "Beautiful Boys" by Theodora Goss "View Through the Window" by Ted Reynolds "Starsong" by Aliette de Bodard "Stamps" by Bruce McAllister Poetry "My House of the Future" by G. O.
Clark "The Big Bang's Backstory" by Marion Boyer "Cassandra Moments from 'The Official Guide to Time Travel'" by Robert Frazier "The Music of a Dead World" by Bruce Boston Departments "Editorial: The 2012 Dell Magazines Award" by Sheila Williams "Reflections: Big-Endians/Little-Endians" by Robert Silverberg "On the Net: What is Reality?" by James Patrick Kelly "On Books" by Paul Di Filippo "SF Conventional Calendar" by Erwin S. Strauss Asimov's Science Fiction, August 2012, Vol. 36, No. 8 (Whole No. 439) Sheila Williams, editor Cover art by Cynthia Sheppard
As a mom, wife, and social media entrepreneur, Mallika Chopra frequently wondered how she could possibly do one more thing. Like so many, she was taking lousy care of herself and having a difficult time finding richer meaning and purpose in each day, even though that was her business's mission. Living with Intent is a practical yet deeply personal look at her year-long journey to discover some workable answers. Along the way, she sat down with Andrew Weil, Eckhart Tolle, Gretchen Rubin, Marianne Williamson, Daniel Siegel, and others, who shared their valuable input and insight.
Even a year after the death of the man who once left her broken and bleeding on the floor of her own ship, the nightmares, the flashbacks, the fear of all human touch refuse to go away. It�s time for desperate action. But Jannia�s plan to seek sexual healing in the arms of Emarr Dengas, the sensual green-skinned empath and former slave who once saved her life, is complicated almost from the beginning. Complicated by a powerful�and adorable�empathic child he�s somehow adopted since the last time they met. By the sudden reappearance of his former mistress, now the mastermind behind a slavery ring selling women and children off the homeworld Emarr had given up hope of every seeing again. And, most annoyingly, by Emarr's stubborn refusal to sleep with her.... Sequel to the award-winning Into the Fire!