Analog Science Fiction and Fact - March 2015 – Vol. CXXXV No. 3
Edited by Trevor Quachri
Cover Artist: Dominic Harman
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 28 December 2014
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The March 2015 issue of Analog is here and it's got some good stories.
The fiction begins with "Tasha's Fail-Safe" by Adam-Troy Castro -+- Tasha Coombs has gone undercover to find a traitor. Unfortunately, the traitor attacked her and all she could do was use a process called teeming which would make her seem a vegetable until someone fed her a fail-safe word. Andrea Cort has known her for a long time and hated her for all of it. The feeling is mutual. The image that triggered the teeming of Tasha is Andreas face. Can Andrea figure out the fail-safe? Another good solid story from one of my favorite writers.
"Brigas Nunca Mais" by Martin L. Shoemaker -+- Chief Anson Carver and Dr. Tracy Wells have just been married. Amongst their guests are Captain Nick Aames of the Aldrin and Admiral Morais. When Aames is curiously reluctant to dance with the Admiral (who is female), Anson must tell Tracy the story about the disastrous marriage between Nick and another officer named Rosalia. We get a little surprise at the end. Another good story.
"Robot Boss" by Erick Melton -+- Don is having trouble dealing with his robot boss, Cue. He figures out how to solve the situation. Pretty good.
"After" by Ron Collins -+- Thoughts of someone floating in space. Nicely done,
"Blue Ribbon" by Marissa Lingen -+- Theresa and Luzia Pinheiros beat Scott and Ferenc Nagy in a teen-division race around Chronohora Station but are mystified as to why they get no congratulatory messages from the station. They find out that the station is under quarantine. Now they must figure out how to survive with what they have on hand and also help kids even younger than them in the same situation. Good story about what it means to really win the "blue ribbon".
"Second Birthday" by Elisabeth R. Adams -+- Our narrator is going to the "Second Birthday Party" for two cloned creatures. Things get out of hand but the food is good. Not much story here.
"The Badges of Her Grief" by Andrew Barton -+- Eun-jin Park has come to the planet Esperanza to see now the native strewth are being treated. At first, she does like what she sees. Then, things are explained to her. OK.
"An Immense Darkness" by Eric James Stone -+- Tonio has developed a way to record minds and have conversations with them. He recorded the mind of his fiancée Shanisha, killed in a nuclear terrorist attack. He talks with her regularly. A woman named Wendy Bricker with the U.S. Attorney's Office comes to him with a request. They have captured the man behind the attack. Can they record his mind and interrogate it asking if there are more bombs? They do and just through sensory deprivation, they get the location of two more nukes. Antonio is left with the recorded brain of the terrorist, with the power to torture him. Very interesting look at possible future ethics.
"The Extraordinary Extraterrestrial Togo Mouse from Ghana" by Ryan W. Norris -+- Reporter Brett Henderson has been sent to interview Dr. Alex Jordan at Ware University in Accra, Ghana. Alex has something incredible to show him. In the midst of a civil war in Togo, Alex had picked up what seemed like an ordinary Togo mouse that was pregnant. After examining all the mice he wound up with, Alex had come to the conclusion that they were another species and then some. He was convinced they were not of this Earth. We get a long biological explanation of that. Brett leaves with his fantastic story. The scene shifts back in time to 11,800 years earlier and we get an explanation as to how this all happened. A bit wordy but funny at the end.
The short fiction concludes with "Karma Among the Cloud Kings" by Brian Trent -+- Preema is one of a group of followers of the Jain religion that work high above the planet Tempest, clearing debris from the defective early buildings that could not withstand the strong winds. They follow the strictures against any killing to the letter. They do not eat even plant or bacteria, getting their nourishment from photosynthesis. When they find out this "debris" is actually living creatures they must do something about it. While what they do might be considered a little contrived, the story is still very effective.