Analog - May 2006
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: April 2006 /
Analog - May 2006 - Vol. CXXVI No. 5
The May 2006 issue of Analog is not an exceptional one but two of the stories got a Very Good from me.
"The Scarlet Band" by Harry Turtledove is set in the same Atlantis as a previous story of his. This Atlantis is actually part of the East Coast of North America that separated and is between Europe and the rest of the continent. In this, a detective named Helms and his assistant Walton (figure out the pastiche for yourself) visit Atlantis form England to solve a series of murders of critics of a religion called the House of Universal Devotion. It's a fun story and I look forward to more set in this world. The other story I especially liked was "Lazy Taekos" by Geoffrey A. Landis. A smart but lazy young lad named Taekos must win the hand of maiden named Phoevus from her wicked stepfather. This is a clever spoof of old fairy stories and has a hilarious ending.
In "Farmers in the Sky", Rob Chilson gives us a unique culture of people who farm the asteroid belt. There are many interesting aspects of this culture but the story is a bit thin. "Slide Show" by Jerry Oltion is a unbelievable tale about a man who tries to revive interest in photographic slides. None of what happens is very plausible and it seems to exist solely as a political platform for the author and (one assumes) the editor.
The issue also includes part one of a four-part serial which is out of the purview of this column. So it may be unfair to judge the issue based on just part of it. Still, while there are two very good stories in this issue, I continue to be disappointed with Analog.