Analog - June 2006
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Date: June 2006 /
Analog Science Fiction And Fact – Vol. CXXVI No. 6 – June 2006 – ISSN 1059-2113
The June 2006 of Analog is a good one and all four pieces of short fiction got a Very Good from me.
"Puncher's Chance" by James Grayson and Kathy Ferguson is an exciting tale about a man who must get medical supplies to Mars to save colonist's lives. His ship is an old one and he must find ingenious ways to keep it flying. This is a good story of redemption and heroism, which reminds one of Apollo 13 (which is referenced). The same authors wrote a fact article about the science behind the story. "Original Sin" by Richard A. Lovett is a good little story about a coach who uses new VR headsets, invented by a friend, to train one of his runners. When the tech falls into the wrong hands, the coach must do things he finds distasteful.
"Preemption" by Charles Rosenkranz is a wild tale about aliens who insist that they must kill all of our dogs. They claim that the canines will become sentient and intelligent in 178,000 years and will then interfere with another alien race who are their clients. Let's just say, the tale has a nice little ending. "The Door That Does Not Close" by Carl Frederick is a strange little story about a man who winds up accompanying an android (that looks like a little boy but is actually controlled by an alien) on a quest to find a codex with evidence of the last visit of these aliens, back during the Roman Empire. This turned out badly and the aliens want to erase evidence of it so Earth is not hurt in the modern day. The author creates two interesting characters and gives them a good story.
So this issue of Analog is another worth picking up.