Further near-future science thriller from Schroeder, featuring the return of Gennady.
A fascinating exploration of where current fascination with online RPG, avatars, MMORPG, cosplay, and augmented reality could lead
As the story comes to a conclusion and the pieces drop into place, the science thriller becomes more SF, and delivers a rewarding read.
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… Continue reading Analog, June 2007
Courtesy of a plane journey, and a lengthy delay on a train, initially caused by a lineside fire, and then a ‘suicidal person on the platform’ (presumably made so by yet another delay), a lot more reading has been done over the past few days. Lee Goodloe. Damnded If You Do… Whilst off-piste skiing, Chad… Continue reading Analog, May 2007
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,… Continue reading Analog, April 2007
Karl Schroeder. Queen of Candesce. Pt I of IV. First part of a serialisation. Amy Bechtel. Trucks. Amy Bechtel’s name against this story caused a horrid flashback for me, back to the April 2004 issue of Analog, specifically the cover. Normally having a cover illustration specific to your story would be a cause for celebration… Continue reading Analog, March 2007
The content pretty much left me unmoved.
mobipocket version reviewed Karl Schroeder. Sun of Suns, Part III. Third installment of a novel serialisation. John Barnes. ‘The Night is Fine, the Walrus Said’. Follows on from ‘The Diversification of Its Fancy’ from the last-but-one issue of Analog (Nov 2005), and equally heavy going. Overmuch dialogue, clunky action, and just generally Average SF as… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, Jan/Feb 2006
PDF version reviewed. Karl Schroeder. Sun of Suns, Part II. Second part of a novel serialisation. Harry Turtledove. Audubon in Atlantis. Another alternate history from Turtledove. His ‘He Woke in Darkness’ (Asimovs, Aug 2005) recently gave an (obvious) alternate take on the Civil Rights movement, Here he details a scientific journey in which a possibly… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, December 2005
eBookman version reviewed Karl Schroeder. Sun of Suns, Part I. First part of a novel serialisation (although stylistically it opens like a short story – no scene setting, just straight into the dialogue and action.) John Barnes. The Diversification of Its Fancy. A lengthy novella featuring a special agent cum singer, part of whose role… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, November 2005
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Aliette de Bodard, Charles Coleman Finlay, Daryl Gregory, Dominic Green, Elizabeth Bear, Garth Nix, Geoff Ryman, Gord Sellar, Greg Egan, Gwyneth Jones, Hannu Rajaniemi, Ian McDonald, James Alan Garner, James. L. Cambias, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mary Rosenblum, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paolo Bacigalupi, Paul McAuley, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Ted Kosmatka
As with #1, another handsome collection of short SF from some of the biggest names in SF. Praise especially for making room for the lengthy Rosenbaum/Doctorow story.