A mix of Analog regulars and newbies, stories (listed, not reviewed) by : John G. Hemry, Dave Creek, Kenneth Schneyer, Arlan Andrews,Jerry Oltion,Allen M. Steele,Justin Stanchfield.
Stories by four Analog stalwarts and a newbie : G. David Nordley, Craig DeLancy, John G. Hemry, Jerry Oltion, Jay Werkheiser.
Daniel Hatch. Seed of Revolution. One in a series of stories, following on from ‘Seed of Destiny’ from the Jan 2003 issue, and ‘Seed of Reason’ from April 1999. The story is set on the planet Chamal, which is notable for shared DNA amongst all species on the planet. Said species are Earth-standard anthropomorphic – [...]
Rajna Vajra. Doctor Alien. A story from an Analog regular very much in the usual Analog vein – not a challenging read in terms of writing style, unless of course you are awkward sod who finds an easy to read writing style difficult to read. I fall into that camp – I managed just one [...]
Catherina Asaro. The Spacetime Pool. A plot with more than a nod to Charles Stross’ ‘Merchant Princes’ series it would appear, although a story which feels more like it should be written by a nerdy male scientist type, in its having an attractive young woman wearing a flimsy harem-type outfit escaping from peril using her [...]
Barry B. Longyear. Murder in Parliament Street. Further adventures of Jaggers and Shad, detectives in the SW of England, one of whom takes the form of a duck. Have read one of their stories in last month’s issue, I have had what my old nan referred to as ‘an elegant sufficiency’ and will pass on [...]
Michael F. Flynn. Quaestiones Super Caelo Et Mundo. A lengthy offering from Flynn, providing a fictional angle on scientific enlightenment in medieval times – historical fiction about science, as opposed to science fiction. The story is followed up by a Science Fact piece which delves into the same territory. Richard A. Lovett. The Last of [...]
Shane Tourtellote. Trial by Fire. A third in a series in which criminals can have their errant ways overlayed with a mind-wipe from the brain patterns of an upstanding member of society (‘A New Man’ Oct 2003, ‘Acts of Conscience’ March 2005). Tourtellote ratches it up a notch, which is a bit of a surprise, [...]
Richard A. Lovett. A Pound of Flesh. The title refers to Shakespeare’s Shylock, who lent money on the basis that could extract said charge when the loan was defaulted upon. Whilst Lovett updates this principal to a nano-tech equivalent, his protagonist uses some archaic language – how long is it since some has exclaimed “Gad!”, [...]
Reviewed : MobiPocket version on a Tapwave Zodiac. Wil McCarthy. Boundary Condition. National Weather Service astronauts have a surprise visit – from Pope Dave : cue the joke about the Pope driving his car instead of his chauffer, and some other creaky dialog. The story gives some ponderation to the role ‘God’ may have in [...]