Analog - January/February 2006
by Dell Publishing
Dell zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: January 2006 /
Analog Science Fiction - January/February 2006 - Vol. CXXVI No. 1 - ISSN 1059-2113
Table of Contents: Serial: Sun of Suns Pt III by Karl Schroeder | Novella: "The Night is Fine," The Walrus Said by John Barnes | Novelettes: The Balance of Nature by Lee Goodloe | Dinosaur Blood by Richard A. Lovett | Written in Plaster by Rajnar Vajra | Short Stories: Mop-Up by Grey Rollins | Kamikaze Bugs by Ekaterina Sedia and David Bartell | Report on Ranzipal's Plus-Dimension Carry-All by Mark W. Tiedemann | Change by Juilan Flood | Science Fact: Pollution, Solutions, Elution, and Nanotechnology by Stephen Gillett, Ph. D. | From Fimbulwinter to Dante's Hell: The Strange Saga of Snowball Earth by Richard A. Lovett | Special Features: Why Do Readers Always Ask...? By James P. Hogan | Reader's Departments: The Editor's Page | The Alternate View by John G. Cramer | The Reference Library by Tom Easton | Brass Tacks | The 2005 Index and Analytical Laboratory Ballot | In Times to Come | Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis
The January/February 2006 issue of Analog is a double issue and a pretty good one. Only one story was a disappointment but the rest got a very good from me. ""The Night is Fine," The Walrus Said" by John Barnes is another story about Giraud and the OSP. In the previous tale, Giraud lost his lover and bodyguard because she could not be cloned and her life extended after death. He is still recovering from her loss and develops a relationship with another woman, while the same mysterious group tries to assassinate him. The conclusion is a stunner. "Dinosaur Blood" by Richard A. Lovett is set in an energy-deprived future in which a vapid heiress named Trista inherits a Humvee and the last existing gasoline to drive it all over the country. But this story takes a strange turn in New York City (in two ways) and goes in an unexpected and delightful direction. Rajnar Vajra's "Written in Plaster" is set in late 1930s England. Danny Levan and an elderly female professor discover some odd purple fragments and a golem-like creature. What sounds like a supernatural tale veers off in a different direction to become a story appropriate for Analog.
"Mop-Up" by Grey Rollins is a classic Analog story in which a common man, this time a janitor, makes better contact with aliens then smarter people. "Kamikaze Bugs" by Ekaterina Sedia and David Bartell is another charming tale about Gus and Jessie and their adventures in genetic engineering. I hope they give us more of these. "Report on Ranzipal's Plus-Dimension Carry-All" by Mark W. Tiedemann involves a new invention which allow people to carry everything around with them. One man takes it too far. "Change" by Julian Flood sound like another story about climate change brought about by man's technology. But you will be surprised by what is really going on.
The only disappointment is "The Balance of Nature" by Lee Goodloe which is set in a world where Nature is worshipped. The problem is that the villain is so cardboard that he's unbelievable as is the world in which is shown.
But that's just a minor glitch in an otherwise well-recommended issue.