Analog Science Fiction and Fact – January 2016 – Vol. CXXXVI No. 01
Edited by Trevor Quachri
Cover Artist: Maurizio Manzieri
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog Print / eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 10592113201602
Date: 27 November 2015
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The January 2016 issue of Analog is here and it's got some good stories.
The short fiction begins with "Wyatt Earp 2.0" by Wil McCarthy -+- Wyatt Earp, through the use of computer data, is resurrected some six hundred years after he is born in a town called Dawes Crater City on Mars. They have a problem with unruly miners there and the local constabulary has had him created. He spends a great deal of time learning the lay of the land and figuring out what to do. Entertaining tale. "We Will Wake Among the Gods, Among the Stars" by Caroline M. Yoachim & Tina Connolly -+- On a planet settled by humans long ago, the history of their settlement has become a religion. Nonne has been sent by her cousin, Queen Catherine, to find the lost "Seventh City" on the Southern Continent. Her husband, leading soldiers, believes in the religion. Nonne and the Queen do not. They encounter strange men whom Nonne knows are the people of the Seventh City. They are willing to trade gold for the antibodies in her body that would make them immune to other diseases. She makes the deal but there is treachery from these people. Another good story.
"Farmer" by Joe M. McDermott -+- In near future, Eric and his husband, Jamaal, run a farm in their brownstone. We get way too much detail about that. They are part of something called a CSA which the author never bothers to explain. One of their customers is deathly ill with a super bug. Is it their fault? Is it because Eric had used genetically-modified bees? We never get any explanation. What we get is a lot of stuff repeated dialog repeated way too many times. Just boring.
"Rocket Surgery" by Effie Seiberg -+- Our narrator and crew program a smart bomb they call Teeny. They run many simulations and the bomb actually asks if it "DID GOOD." The bomb gets a little too intelligent. Clever.
"Saving the World" by James Gunn -+- It's done by reading a lot of science fiction. Really? Just a little self-serving.
"The Persistence of Memory" by Rachel L. Bowden -+- Lee and Ben, ten-years-old, investigate a strange dead animal. But what is really going on? OK.
"Theories of Mind" by Conor Powers-Smith -+- Channing is trying to explain to Peter how the mind processes of the Chelkey are different from ours. Peter makes a deadly mistake but figures something out on his own. Great little tale!
"Nature's Eldest Law" by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro -+- Santiago and the rest of the crew are exploring a planet when they discover that native plants enhance their cognitive abilities. Santiago thinks that something intelligent is behind all of this. Is he right? Pretty good.
"The Heat of Passion" by Grey Rollins -+- Harry Gleason has his throat slit by Delbert Rigbee to cover up an embezzlement. Ian McKee witnesses it but cannot come forward because he can see infrared. That ability would get him sterilized. Detective James Calvert is investigating the case. They all come together in a final confrontation. Good story with an nice twist at the end.
"Woundings" by George Zebrowski -+- Our narrator has the job of stopping the use of fossil fuels on a ruined Earth. He encounters an individual who goes into a long philosophical rant. Not very interesting.
"The Shores of Being" by Dave Creek -+- Mike Christopher, the synthetic human seen in five previous stories is back again. This time he is on Earth with Cerusto of the Drodusarel. They are investigating a mound made by the Jenregar who invaded the Earth and were defeated. Cerusto says she wants to learn something from the mound that will help them defeat the Jenregar. But they encounter resistance from bigoted humans. Mike finds out something about the Drodusarel, too, Well done!
The short fiction concludes with "An Industrial Growth" by David L. Clements. -+- Forty years ago, North America was devastated by out-of-control nanotechnology that had been meant to fix things. Since then, nanoblooms have broken out to cause further devastation. Peter has called Mary to help him fight the latest one aided by untrustworthy allies. But they find out the situation has changed, making this a good story