Analog Science Fiction and Fact –September 2015 – Vol. CXXXV No. 9
Edited by Trevor Quachri
Cover Artist: Gary Freeman
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog Magazine / eMag ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 26 July 2015
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The September 2015 issue of Analog is here and it's a only got one story worth reading in it.
The short fiction begins with "Racing to Mars" by Martin L. Shoemaker -+- Our narrator is Dr. Constance Baldwin who has made herself personna non grata as far as her medical career on Earth by playing whistleblower on her hospital's sanitary conditions. She has a second chance as chief medical officer on the Aldrin on its first full-cycle trip to Mars and back. She has to deal with the tough-as-nails Captain Nick Ames and Anthony Holes the spoiled son of the owner of the ship. On the plus side, there is security officer Major Chukwunwike "Chuks" Adika, who becomes a quick friend. All of these characters develop in a entertaining and satisfying way in this good, solid story.
"Live from the Air Chair" by Maggie Clark -+- There has been an apocalypse and what is left of humanity is in ships orbiting the Earth. Whately is asked by his ex-girlfriend, Eline, to save her family from bad guys. It all works out (mostly) but it's not much of a story.
"The Crashing of the Cloud" by Norman Spinrad -+- An American calling himself Brother Rat wiped out the IRS database and has become a fugitive. The US knows it could never get a conviction if they put him on trail, so they try to kill him with drones. He has taken refuge with the Sheik of Yemen as part of the Caliphate. They ask him to do a job for them. Take down the Internet. Not possible but Brother Rat suggests the next best thing. I'd think this clever if I had anything but contempt for our "hero".
The short fiction concludes with "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro -+- In the future, art is evolutive, tended by artgraves. This is the story of one of them who takes on a special job. Could just not get into this at all.