Analog Science Fiction and Fact –October 2015 – Vol. CXXXV No. 10
Edited by Trevor Quachri
Cover Artist: Dominic Harman
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog Magazine / eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 26 August 2015
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The September 2015 issue of Analog is here and it's a good one.
The short fiction begins with "Stonebrood" by Alec Nevala-Lee -+- Marius is part of a team battling a coal fire that had been burning in Eastern Pennsylvania for fifty years. No one had cared about it until it caused a sinkhole that collapsed a highway and killed eight people. He grew up in the area and has flashes of his grandmother and her beekeeping. He also remembers a significant event of his childhood. This is the backdrop to a scientific solution to the problem of the coal fire and it all makes for a good story.
"The Daughters of John Demetrius" by Joe Pitkin -+- Mendel is some sort of advanced human traveling in Mexico. He has already fought and killed another like himself, but unknown to him, that battle is not over. In a small village where the children are suffering from pellagra (niacin deficiency) he sees a girl with green skin which indicates that, she, too, is advanced. He takes her with him but not without some complications. Pretty good story.
"Butterflies on Barbed Wire" by Marie Vibbert -+- Damien's grandfather, father and uncle are all in the tattoo business and traditionalists. Things have not been good since his uncle's wife died. Damien is fascinated by new 3-D temporary tattoo technology that his family scorns. He finds his own way. OK.
"The Philistine" by Ted White -+- Harry Bell is a discouraged artist now making copies of all the great art of the world. The only problem is that the art has to be destroyed in the process. He doesn't like it but his nasty wife makes him do it. He sees a way out. Not really much here.
The short fiction concludes with "My Father's Crab" by Bruce McAllister -+- Our narrator tells us a story of his boyhood in the 1950s and traveling around with his dad who seems to be in naval intelligence, fighting the Cold War. One day, his father is bit by a very odd-looking crab. From that day on, his father is occasionally affected by it and his end-of-life is truly strange. Nicely told.