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Analog - May 2005
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Table of Contents:
Novelettes: Footsteps by Shane Tourtellotte | Death As a Way of Life by Grey Rollins | High Moon by Joe Schembrie | Short Stories: The Inn at Mount Either by James Van Pelt | Tainted by Jerry Oltion | Tomorrow's Strawberries by Richard A Lovett | Smiling Vermin by Ekaterina G. Sedia & David Bartell | Science Fact: Big Brother Inc: Surveillance, Security, and the U.S. Citizen by Laura M. Kelley | Probability Zero: Much Ado About Newton by Carl Frederick | Reader's Departments: The Editor's Page | In Times to Cone | The Alternate View by John G. Cramer | The Reference Library by Tom Easton | Brass Tacks | Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

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

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