Analog Science Fiction and Fact - July/August 2014 - Vol. CXXXIV No. 7 & 8
Edited by Trevor Quachri
Cover Artist: Shuttercock
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-113
Date: 27 April 2014
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The July/August 2014 issue of Analog is here and it's a pretty good issue.
The short fiction begins with "The Journeyman: Against the Green" by Michael F. Flynn -*- This is a sequel to "The Journeyman: In the Stone House" in the June 2014 issue. Teodorq sunna Nagarajan the Ironhand with his friend Sammi o' th' Eagles and his former enemy Karakalan sunna Vikeram of clan Serpentine have joined the Foreign legion in the services of the kospathin of Cliffside Keep. He has encounters with the princess Anya and her uncle, Wisdom, but most of this tale involves the legion's fight with "the greenies" who have what we would call guns and cannon. Teo and Kal have built bows which they taught a squad to use and Teo's keen tactics help them win the day but at great cost. I won't say more to spoil the ending only that Flynn quotes J.R.R. Tolkien at the beginning of the story with The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. The story will seem to continue and I will be interested to see what Teo and Sammi find next.
"Journeyer" by R. Garrett Wilson -*- Jo-abeel has been in training to make her run across a desert to find the leaves to make a valued drug. She is doing something unusual by losing weight before the run. The drug will benefit her niece who is in her first molting. Will she make it? Will she be harmed when water falls from the sky (something she knows nothing about)? Well done story of survival and triumph.
"Valued Employee" by James K. Isaac -*- Asha Kass had been a child in a Luddite community before being recruited by Black Sphere. They made her believe in them and their technology. She even poked out her eye and chopped off her hand to have them replaced by superior Black Sphere technology. Now, she must go back to her home town to convince them to give up their primitive way of life and embrace the progress that Black Sphere promises. It comes as no surprise that this does not go well. Quite frankly, I did not care for either choice and thought both sides were extreme. Simplistic. I was also annoyed that the writer and editor kept repeating the phrase "carte blanch" (sic), only once getting the spelling right.
"Mind Locker" by Juliette Wade -*- Cyberpunk adventure that gets bogged down in slang and lingo. Hub Girl uncovers a vast conspiracy. This is just the kind of story that I don't like at all.
"Who Killed Bonnie's Brain?" by Daniel Hatch -*- It's 2056 and the future can be a bit grim Apparently, donuts are illegal. More importantly, people can outlive their physical bodies by having their brains put into something that looks like a coffee urn. Bonnie Bannister, IT whiz, had done that and lived until she was 107 when what was keeping her brain going malfunctioned. Judge Franklin Adams, another living brain, asks reporter Ben Adams to investigate and he does. Along the way, we get some interesting and amusing looks at the future world. Good story with a group of characters we might see again in a sequel.
"Sadness" by Timons Esias -*- Our unnamed narrator has been chosen to be interviewed by one of the New People. These New People have imposed certain modes of living on everyone, changing their clothes, religion, lifestyle -- everything. How all this happened or why is not explained. Not much of a story.
"Crimson Sky" by Eric Choi -*- Maggie McConachie flies missions for Mars Search and Rescue. Her latest job is rescuing a man named Carl Gablenz, who was trying to break a record for longest flight on Mars by a lighter-than-air vehicle. She regards him as just a stunt flyer but finds out differently. Nice solid story.
"The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale" by Rajnar Vajra -*- Three Exoplanetary Exlorer cadets, Emily Asari of Earth, Priam Galanis of Mars, and Micah Cohen of Venus, get themselves in trouble in a San Diego bar and are given a thankless assignment to assist in the evacuation of a failed thirty-year project on the planet Abreathon, where an intelligent species had been found but no one could communicate with them. Cocky Priam boasts he can solve the problem and the graduation of the three is made contingent on it. Now, I guessed what the solution to the problem was, but that was not the end of the story. It was all amusingly told and quite exciting!
"The Half-Toe Bar" by Andrew Reid -*- Bogdana is a lowly field support member of a team making contact with humans on other worlds. The professors in charge are talking to a local blacksmith but failing to impress him. She is supposed to keep her mouth shut. But when the blacksmith says something that she recognizes as a trick she speaks up. All is resolved in an interesting way. Pretty good.
"Hot and Cold" by Avaro Zinos-Amaro -*- Davos had picked up "an unnaturally cold region of space...seemed to lack even background radiation." It was just nine lightyears away so he convinced his wife, Xie, they should check it out. Now, they are there and their FTL drive has failed. It's because they have apparently encountered a black hole that's actually inside a massive sphere. They discover some other startling things but how will they be able to get home? Their relationship has also deteriorated. Can they repair that? Good little character study.
"Code Blue Love" by Bill Johnson -*- Mayer and DeAnne Vanderbrink have buried all their siblings, victims of a genetic medical condition that results in multiple aneurisms in their brains. Mayer and DeAnne have the same condition and have developed an A.I. stent to be implanted in their brains to fight it. One is implanted into DeAnne's brain but who will it benefit? Good bit of speculation as to how such a thing might work.
"Voorh" by Paula S. Jordan -*- Jason finds a wounded alien, named Voorh, someone he and his wife already met. She is injured and he helps her. His wife Sara, is with Voorh's people, because other aliens had taken a friend of theirs. Jason must get Voorh to safety with the bad aliens chasing them. Good, exciting story.