Analog, January/February 2009

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… Continue reading Analog, January/February 2009

Analog, October 2008

Richard A. Lovett & Mark Neimann-Ross. New Wineskins. Simple premise : a vineyard is able to get around problems with migrant labor by employing, at low cost, migrant workers who remain in their own country, tele-controlling grape picking robotics. The drama comes through a reporter who sniffs out the story, and camps out overnight to… Continue reading Analog, October 2008

Analog, May 2008

David Bartell. Test Signals. A multi-limbed geek involved in computers is rapidly involving in something or other – sorry, this was just way too clunky to persevere with. Dave Creek. No Traveller Returns. Further adventures of Mike Christopher. Eric James Stone. The Ashes of His Fathers. Looks at the price someone is willing to pay… Continue reading Analog, May 2008

Analog, September 2007

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… Continue reading Analog, September 2007

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, October 2005

eBookman version reviewed Amy Bechtel. Language Lessons. It’s some sixteen years since the cutesy creatures featured in this story first appeared (‘Little Monsters’ Analog, Nov 1989). Seven stories on and it’s getting just a little thin IMHO. I read the last one, notable for one of the worst covers in recent Analog history (if you… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, October 2005

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, September 2004

Jerry Oltion and Amy Axt Hanson. Trophies and Treasures. On a race over Mars’ dusty plains in which Winthrop Magnus Wellington III, known to his friends as ‘Welly’, and his manservant, Bentley, a top notch cove, try to keep the family fortunes and the honour of the family name against the underhand tactics of their… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, September 2004

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, November 2002

Robert J. Sawyer. Ineluctable. Amateur scientist Darren Hamasaki is in his observatory shed in his backyard when he discovers palpable evidence of … First Contact! He makes contact with the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams of the International Astronomical Union. His fame increases following his discovery and he finds himself in Las Vegas as that… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, November 2002

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May 2002

Dave Creek. Splendor’s Truth. A third ‘Splendor’ story, following two published in Analog during 2000, neither of which I have read. Earth Unity Ambassador Chanda Kasmira faces a tricky situation when she is re-united with Sobrerian commander Domerlan, with whom she has had a run-in before. This time the belligerant Domerlan, whose race are sufficiently… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May 2002