Analog - December 2006
by Stan Schmidt (Ed.)
Penny Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: November 2006 /
Analog Science Fiction and Fact – December 2006 – Vol. CXXVI No. 12 – ISSN 1059-2113
The short fiction in December 2006 issue of Analog starts off badly but recovers with stories that got a Very Good from me.
The Very Good stories start with "Double Dead" by Grey Rollins. This is another in his series about detective Jack Sawyer and his doppleganger PC. This time Sawyer must find out if a beautiful movie star's husband is really dead or if the body is a clone. This is a fun story that's a delight to read. "Openshot" by Craig DeLancey is the story of a competition amongst private individuals to return to the moon. The winners are those that do the right thing. Jerry Oltion's "Diatomaceous Earth" is the amusing story about a physicist who spends too much time gardening resulting in great changes to people's lives. "The Technetium Rush" by Wil McCarthy tells about a man who creates a new rare mineral. The last of the stories worth reading is the enchanting "Long Winter's Nap" by Catherine H. Shaffer. This is an unusual take on the classic "little girl wants to see Santa Claus" story.
Unfortunately, the longest story in the issue, "Imperfect Gods" by C. Stanford Lowe and G. David Nordley is not very good at all. It is a sequel to a previous story in which the valiant scientists defeat the forces of religious extremists. Basically, the same thing happens again in this story and it is again weighed down with scientific jargon. This appears to be part of a series and I'm afraid we are going to get more of them.
So this issue is kind of a mixed bag and gets a qualified endorsement.
(Source: Penny Press)