Analog, June 2007

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

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, January/February 2007

Rajnar Vajra. Emerald River, Pearl Sky. The story starts with unidentified observers from a thousand years beyond the narrative which unfolds, who introduce one Vincas Magus, a wizened elderly man walking on twisted legs along a path flanked by apple blossom. When Vincas is confronted by a too steep bridge over a river we find… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, January/February 2007

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, Jan/Feb 2006

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

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, July/August 2005

Bud Sparhawk. Chandra’s Pup. I got a few pages into this story, and then did a check on previous stories I had read by Sparhawk. Some had impressed me, but I found that I had said of the predecessor story to this one, ‘Clay’s Pride’ (Analog Jul/Aug 2004), again, after managing only a few pages… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, July/August 2005

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, November 2004

Rajnar Vajra. The Ghost within. Give Analog regular Vajra his due, he’s quite happy to turn his hand to a wide variety of styles and topics. Here he provides a story which blends a hard-bitten wise-cracking detective with a vr bent. His protagonist is called in to verify the authenticity of an uploaded intelligence. Sadly… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, November 2004

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, October 2004

Rajnar Vajra. Layna’s Mirror. Vajra has become an Analog regular of late. Last month he had a new-future, hi-tech virtuality tale. This month he blends a bit of mythology (Yetis and vampires) with ancient magic and aliens. Buried deep and high in the Himalayas are a strange couple, Marq and Layna. Just how strange gradually… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, October 2004

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, May 2003

Steven Bratman. The Immortality Plague. In his editorial in the May issue of Asimovs, Robert Silverberg relates at length (and with relish) a reference book – ‘Science Fiction: the Gernsback Years’, published by Kent State University Press in 1998, and edited by Everett F. Bleiler and Richard J. Bleiler. This volume, all 700 pages, provides… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, May 2003

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, April 2003

Catherine Asaro. Walk in Silence. One beef I have with many Analog stories is that many could easily have been written 50 years ago. Obviously if your tastes are somewhat catholic, and you have a somewhat reactionary bent, then this can be good thing. We start off being introduced to Lieutenant Colonel Jess Fernandez, on… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, April 2003

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, March 2003

Whoops, read this one a couple of weeks ago and plain forgot to write the review. I wonder how my notoriously iffy memory will stand up to the test…. Richard A. Lovett. Equalization. A future in which mediocrity is imposed by preventing those with talent to nurture and expand that talent. How? By annual mind-swaps,… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, March 2003

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, January 2003

Daniel Hatch. Seed of Destiny. A story set on the same world as the author’s ‘Seed of Reason’ (Analog, April 1999). Jerome Sullivan is a young human going through that awkward phase between adolescence and adulthood, which humanity has obviously been unable to remove from our genetic makeup in the centuries ahead. He is on… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, January 2003

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, July/August 2002

Adam Troy Castro. Unseen Demons. A touch of the ‘Lecters’ in that a young woman, with some dark secrets in her own past, has to confront a ‘monster’ in the shape of an Earth diplomat. Emil Sandburg, an otherwise dull and simple man, has been slaughtering specimens of the indigineous life form. There is a… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, July/August 2002

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, June 2002

One of the benefits of reading a magazine in electronic format is that you don’t have to worry about fellow commuters thinking that you are reading something of a quality on a par with the cover illustration! Rajnar Vajra. Sidehunter. A story which I ended speed-reading towards the end. A fairly routine SF adventure on… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, June 2002

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2001

In recent months I’ve been reading Analog in digital format on my palmtop, courtesy of Peanut Press/Palm Digital Media. In addition to being portable, one benefit is that you aren’t seen by fellow commuters reading a magazine with a cover which tends to support the general public opinion of SF being about BEMs, space ships… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2001