Analog - March 2006
by Dell Publishing
Dell Publishing Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: January 2006 /
Analog Science Fiction and Fact - March 2006 - Volume CXXVI Number 3 - ISSN 1059-2113
The March 2006 issue of Analog has a good mix of stories with only one falling a little short of a Very Good rating. The novella, "The Little White Nerves Went Last" by John Barnes is another in a series of stories about a man named Giraut and the organization that tries to promote a galaxy-wide civilization. This one does not have the same supporting characters, just Giraut, Shan (whose mind is sharing Giraut's body) and an "aintellect." Why does Shan have such a dislike if AI's? What is the mystery of his past? Barnes gives us a nice little story explaining all. The issue's novelette, "Wasting Time" by Grey Rollins is the story I found a bit disappointing. In it, a college professor notices odd things happening in his office. Then, its outer wall explodes. It's a good story but the reason for all the strange goings-on is obvious right from the start and the end is a bit anti-climactic.
In "The Skeekit-Woogle Test" by Carl Frederick, a man is convinced he has no imagination. He finds out differently and we are introduced to an interesting concept called synesthesia, in which we sense something in a different way than normal (i.e. smelling a color.) Henry Melton's "Wildlife" is a nice little tale about how a wildlife photographer works on the moon. Lastly, "Playhouse" by Larry Niven is another delightful Draco's Tavern story. In this one, the bar becomes a playground for some decidedly rambunctious alien species.
So again, this issue gets a "well worth picking up" rating from me.
(Source: Dell Publishing)