Fiction by : Edward M. Lerner, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Richard A. Lovett, Kyle Kirkland, Scott William Carter, Ernest Hogan.
Stories by Richard A. Lovett and Mark Neimann-Ross, Carl Frederick, Brad R. Torgersen, Allen M. Steele, Jay Werkheiser, Michael A. Armstrong
A quick whizzthrough the issue, stories skimmed/read to varying degrees, with Sean McMullen the pick of a routine issue of Analog.
Harry Turtledove. But It Does Move. Turtledove has written, to varying degrees of success, a lot of ‘alternate history’ of late. Lack of success tends to be related to fairly clunky alternates (civil rights movement, with identically gruesome murders, but with the white community being the victims), or with fairly minimal alternateness. Here he has [...]
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 [...]
Robert J. Sawyer. Wake. First of four installments. Carl Frederick. Greenwich Nasty Time. A physics undergraduate is off to the Isle of Wight with his English Lit studying girlfriend (helpful to have a non-scientist along so that he can explain the science to the reader via her), when an experiment he and his thesis adviser [...]
Richard A. Lovett. Brittney’s Labyrinth. A second appearance for the middle aged man with an implanted AI who has the persona of a teenage girl. (Presumably social services have been informed), who no doubt gets into a predicament that requires getting out of. Ben Bova. Waterbot. I did give this longer shrift than the short [...]
Dave Creek. Some Distant Shore. Mike and Linna, from three previous Analog stories, are witness to two star systems colliding. The story gets off to a cumbersome start, with the introductory paras reeling off the names of planets, other alien races nearby, and their space ships all thrown into the mix. As an example of [...]
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 [...]
Richard A. Lovett. The Sands of Titan. A well trodden trope (can tropes be trodden?) : a lonely spaceman (almost invariably a lone male) finds himself stranded on the moon/a moon/a remote planet, and has to use his ingenuity and scientific knowledge to extricate himself from his predicament. Will he succeed? Almost invariably, yes. Lovett [...]