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Analog Science Fiction and Fact - July/August 2011 - Vol. CXXXI No.7 & 8
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: David A. Hardy
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 July/August 2011 of Analog features stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Richard Lovett, Kyle Kirkland, Scott William Carter, and Ernest Hogan, a Probability Zero feature from Arlan Andrews, Sr. along with the second part of a serial by Edward N. Lerner and the usual features.

The July/August 2011 issue of Analog is another double issue with a lot of stories you should get quite a kick out of.

The short fiction begins with the issue's novella, "Coordinated Attacks" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Detective Bartholomew Nyquist is the best homicide detective in the city of Armstrong on the moon. We follow him on a homicide investigation that had taken place just before a terrorist attack four years previously and the assassination of a political figure in the present day. We see him make choices in each case. Then, Rusch brings these elements together. All in all, this makes for a solid story, just the kind Rusch is famous for.

In "Jak and the Beanstalk" by Richard A. Lovett, Jak is a guy who was born in "the year of the Beanstalk", a link to High-Base Station, 35,786 kilometers up in geostationary orbit. He grows up becoming obsessed with climbing and resolves to climb this Beanstalk. He carefully plans how he could do it and then does. On the way, something unexpected happens, and this eventually makes a difference. Lovett tells a good solid story here that I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as I did.

"A Witness to All That Was" by Scott William Carter is the story of two couples. First, we meet Marco and Kelsie, a married couple who have lost their son, Trevor. It has torn them apart, but they still explore planets in their ship, the Buggywhip, landing on planets devastated by a race called the Dulnari and selling whatever they can scavenge from ruins. The other couple is Jahn and Derra. Derra is an amnesiac, nursed back to health by Jahn. They fall in love and have a long, happy life. These stories come together in a very touching way in this nice, little tale.

"Death and Dancing In New Las Vegas" by Ernest Hogan is a sequel to "The Rise and Fall of Paco Cohen and the Mariachis of Mars", published in the April 2001 issue of Analog. Paco is now Teo Arango, the leader of a Mariachi band called the Flying Serpents on its way to New Las Vegas on Mars. A hologram version of his old band is very popular. When they play at a festival, some very unusual things happen. All in all, this makes for a very enjoyable story.

Kyle Kirkland's "One Out of Many" features Tad Bruler, an employee of the Sci-Reg Bureau. He had been rejected from membership in the science guild because he was "too creative" and had become a regulator. He had approved a NeuroFac, a mind-expanding drug. He is kidnapped by a NeuroFac user and brought before a notorious (and possibly apocryphal) outlaw and two scientists who show him proof of a side-effect of the drug. They let him go but things start to happen and Tad gets involved in events that put his life at risk. This was a pretty good story but got a little bogged down in scientific jargon at times. Still it builds to a very satisfactory conclusion.

This issue also has a fun Probability Zero piece, "...Plus C'est la MÍme Chose" by Arlan Andrews, Sr. This one features an amateur matter-transmitting contest that has a surprising winner.

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