Analog - May 2005
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0505Analog
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The May 2005 issue of Analog provides us with seven stories that are all very good. The lead (and cover) story is "Footsteps" by Shane Tourtellotte. It is a classic impossible crime story set on the moon. A man is found on the surface, some distance away from shelter and not wearing a spacesuit. He is, of course, dead but only his footsteps are in evidence. How did he get there?
In "Death As a Way of Life" by Grey Rollins, we have a future reality TV show in which a man kills himself every week. His personality is always backed up and implanted in a clone. But the backup was faulty and he is really dead. How did this happen?
The other novelette, "High Moon" by Joe Schembrie is not a mystery but an old-fashioned western, set on the moon and with a very different gunslinger.
The short stories are also worth reading. "The Inn at Mount Either" by James Van Pelt tells of a man searching for his wife at a very different resort. "Tainted" by Jerry Oltion is a tale of a sentient being who is alone on his world. He goes in search of other intelligent life. "Tomorrow's Strawberries" by Richard A Lovett is about a future Earth in which all but 10000 acres has been built up. This is due, in part, by contact with an alien civilization. While good, this was a little to despairing for an Analog tale. This is not true about "Smiling Vermin" by Ekaterina G.
"Sedia & David Bartel"?, a fun sequel to "Alphabet Angels" in the March 2005 issue. Gus & Jessie from that story are now married but have another problem with a newly created species. I hope for more stories about this couple.
The May 2005 issue of Analog