Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Spilogale, Inc. Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: October 2006 /
Analog Science Fiction and Fact – Vol. CXXV, No. 11 – November 2006 – ISSN 1059-2113
The latest issue of Analog has some of my favorite writers and all the stories got a Very Good from me. This was an enjoyable issue to read.
I first started reading magazine short fiction seriously to nominate for the Hugo Awards in 1980. The standout writer from the year before was Barry B. Longyear and I am very happy to read a new story from him. "The Good Kill" is a fun "buddy detective" story with one of the buddies being a duck with a human mind. Two detectives must find a killer and the conclusion is something I should have seen coming but didn't. This story was an utter delight. One of my favorite new writers is Shane Tourtellotte and he contributes a fine tale with "Where Lies the Final Harbor?". A reporter wants to find out why old navigators have been disappearing. She teams up with a navigator to search for a mysterious planet. What she finds changes her life.
"Prevenge" by Mike Resnick & Kevin J. Anderson is a tale of a man who is one of the Knights Temporal who go back in time to prevent murders. The man finds that things in this case are a little more complicated. In "Man, Descendant", Carl Frederick gives us a story about a man observing a black hole who gets a little out of sync with standard time.
All in all, this is a very good issue of this venerable magazine.
(Source: Spilogale, Inc.)