Analog - September 2006
Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: July 2006 /
Analog Science Fiction and Fact – September 2006 – Vol. CXXVI No. 9 – September 2006 - ISSN 1059-2113
I'm sorry to say that in the September 2006 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, I found only one of the stories worth reading, although the "Probability One" story, "Probably Murder" by Michael F. Flynn was a lot of fun.
In "A Pound of Flesh", Richard A. Lovett gives us something of a detective story. Alex is an ex-lawyer turned Private Investigator who is hired by the usual beautiful woman to find a missing man. It turns out he has taken some particularly important nanos and disappeared. The story was a little long and did not end all that well. "A Million Years and Counting" by Rajnar Vajra is the story of Dan, a robot found on the Moon that has apparently been waiting there for a million years. Dan learns much on Earth and his purpose is revealed in the end. This is the best story in the issue and got a Very Good from me.
The lone short story, "Kyrie Eleison" by John G. Hemry is the tale of survivors of a crash on a planet. In the 200 years that they have lived there, a society has formed based on a very mistaken reading of the ship's manuals. This is nothing but a thinly-disguised attack on organized religion with cardboard characters and a very predictable ending.
Analog used to be my favorite of the science fiction magazines. Now, it's my least favorite. I cannot really recommend it.