Analog Science Fiction and Fact - June 2011 - Vol. CXXXI No.6
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Vincent DiFate
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 23 May 2011
Links: Analog Science Fiction & Fact / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The June 2011 issue of Analog is a pretty good one.
The short fiction begins with "Citizen-Astronaut" by David D. Levine. The titular character is Gary Shu, a blogger who wins the plum assignment of being assigned to a Mars habitat and writing his blog from there. When he gets there, he finds out things are not going well. Funding is always at risk and his blogs are censored and boring. But then, a disaster changes things. All in all, this was an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice.
Next up is "Take One for the Road" by Jamie Todd Rubin. Rick has a next-door neighbor named Simon. He had been part of an expedition that had walked on the surface of Mercury before Rick had been born. One of the four crew members had died and so had the manned space program. Simon is dying and he decides to tell Rick what happened. In a story like this, the payoff has to be pretty good and Rubin manages to pull it off for a well-written conclusion.
That is not the case in "Stone Age" by Alastair Mayer, Dr. Hannibal Carson is investigating a tomb on a planet that had been terraformed by some alien civilization more than sixty million years ago. He finds a pyramid tomb with a square base but the body and artifacts inside are stolen from him by tomb raiders. As you might expect, that's not the end of the story, but what is the end is a bit lackluster.
The "Kawataro" in the story by Alec Nevala-Lee is a legendary creature that lives in a river and emerges to kill people and drink their blood. Hakaru Hashimoto is a Canadian who is a graduate student at Osaka University, He has traveled to the village of Hana to assist Dr. Nakaya who is studying the people of the town, a large number of whom are deaf. They have developed their own language and she is studying it. Her studies are imperiled by a proposal to bus the children of the town elsewhere and by a series of murders that look to have been committed by a kawataro. What is actually happening makes for a well-written story and a good end to the issue.
All in all, a good issue of Analog. I'll, once again, recommend that you subscribe.