Analog - April 2007
by Stan Schmidt (Ed.)
Review by Sam Tomaino
Dell Magazines Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: February 2007 /
The April 2007 issue of Analog is a pretty good. All the stories are written well and get a Very Good from me in terms of quality. I just have deep reservations about one of them.
Table of Contents
The rest of the issue is a bit more positive. "Things That Aren't" by Michael A Burstein & Robert Greenberger features a scientist/FBI agent and a cop trying to solve why three people have fallen into comas in which their brains still show activity. One of them is a scientist working on a new VR technique. While there is no mystery about what is happening, the authors give us a nice little story about bringing a killer to justice.
The three short stories are pretty light in tone. "Don't Kill the Messenger" by Kim Zimring is an amusing little two-pager about the finding of a cute little alien that is more like a pet. How it is dealt with is pretty amusing. John G. Hemry writes some good satire in "As You Know, Bob". He gives us several drafts of the beginning of a story utilizing that classic line of the title, spoofing the way bad SF is written. Last of all, "Crackers" by Jerry Oltion features a homeless man who is convinced his force field device was stolen from him. This one has a good ending.
So, while the issue is a bit of a mixed bag, I still give this a qualified recommendation.