Analog - July/August 2006
Dell Publishing Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: June 2006 /
Analog Science Fiction and Fact - Vol. CXXVI, No. 7 & 8, July/August 2006
The new issue of Analog is a double issue and a pretty good one with only one bad story. Except for that story, the rest of them all got a Very Good from me.
"Witherspin" by Alexis Glynn Latner is an exciting chase story in which two people must navigate the perils of amusement park type planet while someone is trying to kill them. "The Keeper's Maze" by Joe Schembrie is another adventure story. A group of salvage experts are hired to get a genetically-engineered unicorn from an abandoned facility in space. The job turns out to be a lot more than that. In "Environmental Friendship Fossle," Ian Stewart takes us to a future China, in which a man must find out the mystery behind a report of a wooly mammoth hunt. "String of Pearls" by Shane Tourtellotte is a classic Analog story. A man is sent to a planet inhabited by an alien race that does not want us to know how their language works. The title refers to a game played by that race that is like our Scrabble except that it puts sentences together rather than words. This is the kind of story that has should be published more often.
The short stories are, also, well worth reading. "Total Loss" by James Hosek is a story about a man who runs afoul of a particularly noxious health insurance company policy. How he turns the tables will make you smile (even if it would seem unlikely an insurer could get away with anything like this.) "The Software Soul" by Brian Plante is a tale set in the future in a Virtual Reality Roman Catholic Church. The priest is an artificial intelligence, based on a real priest. Suddenly, real parishioners (actually their VR avatars) start showing up for the first time in years. In "Willies," Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff comes up with a new way to discourage a binge eater. Carl Frederick's "The Teller of Time" features an interesting experiment with church bells that give the experimenter something he had not bargained for.
Unfortunately, the only really bad story in this issue is the novella, "Kremer's Limit" by C. Sanford Lowe & G. David Nordley. This is just a nasty little political diatribe with black and white cardboard characters. The end will leave you with a nasty taste in your mouth. The attempt to make one of the chief villains a little more than one-sided fails completely. Do yourself a favor and just skip this one.
So I can recommend this issue. Just skip that novella.
(Source: Dell Publishing)