Analog Science Fiction & Fact - 10/2005
Dell zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 09/01/2005 /
Analog Science Fiction and Fact - October 2005 - Vol. CXXV No. 10 - ISSN 1059-2113
The October issue of Analog is another very good mix of stories. "Language Lessons" by Amy Bechtel is another in her amusing series of tales about a veterinarian who must deal with normal problems and a few abnormal ones, too. The abnormal ones are friendly sea monsters who are difficult to communicate with. "The Wrong Side of the Planet" by Joe Schembrie tells us of a man who quits his mining job to explore the planet Mars on his own. He gets more than he bargained for. "Zero Tolerance" by Richard A. Lovett combines a full moon and Halloween and other elements to produce a funny little story about people's personalities being magnified.
In "Entropy?s Girlfriend" by Robert J. Howe, a female physicist is found dead in a gruesome scene. A female cop and a male reporter find out what happened. "Infinity?s Friend" by Dave Creek is a story about a man desperately trying to save an alien friend, all the time remembering the death of his sister for which he feels responsible. "Smiling Faces in Hog Heaven" by Stephan L. Burns is another funny story, this one about a guy that must outwit an AI that is in control of a restaurant. "The Time Pit" by Stephen Baxter is another interesting tale about 'Old Earth' where time passes at a different rate depending on your altitude. The remaining story, "The Doctrine of Noncontact" by Catherine Shaffer is an OK story about humans trying a 'Prime Directive' approach in dealing with aliens.
Needless to say, Harry Turtledove's Probability Zero story, "The Genetics Lecture," has a great punchline. So this is another good, dependable and well worth reading issue of Analog.