As ever, a strong collection of stories, albeit fairly ‘safe’ in terms of a relatively narrow range of sources.
Shane Tourtellotte. Evergreen. Tourtellotte looks at the implications of parents genetically modifying their offspring in utero to have their physical development halt at the pre-teen stage. Andrew Crawford is nearing 30, but living in a child’s body. He’s employed as a webmaster, and we get to see straight away some of the reactions of his… Continue reading Analog, September 2009
Adam-Troy Castro. Gunfight on Farside. A sequel to ‘Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earls’, worrying, all the way back from 2001 (eight years!!!). That story didn’t grab me that much, but was a Nebula nominee in 2004. This satisfies a bit more. Castro returns to the setting some years later, and intertwines the unreliable… Continue reading Analog, April 2009
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
Michael A. Burstein. Sanctuary. A Catholic Priest is giving a mass to those on a multi-species space station who are part of his flock. An alien begs for sanctuary in the ‘church’, claiming persecution. Some tricky dilemmas are posed, as the nature of the alien – criminal, heretic or persecuted – is open to interpretation,… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, September 2005