Analog - May 2007
Edited by Stan Schmidt
Review by Sam Tomaino
Dell Magazines Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 1 April 2007
TOC (short): Serial:Queen of Candesce, part III of IV by Karl Schroeder, * Novella: Damned if You Do … by Lee Goodloe, * Novelette: Bambi Steaks by Richard A. Lovett, * Short Stories: The Astronaut by Brian Plante, A Higher Level of Misundertanding by Carl Frederick, * Science Fact: I Couldn't Read You, E.T. by Henry HonkenFirst up is "Damned if You Do..." by Lee Goodloe. Chad Gutierrez is out skiing and, while escaping an avalanche, encounters an oddity. Something happens to him and he can't remember what but he discovers he has a "jewelry rock" of gold with him. He is chased by the U.S. government and others. With the help of a reporter (female, of course), he allies himself with the military and they investigate the anomaly. At which point, a nuclear explosion goes off. The story continues from there and is a high adventure well worth reading. Richard A. Lovett's "Bambi Steaks" takes place in a near future in which the U.S. has become fragmented into a patchwork of "red" and "blue" states (in the current political jargon). To bring the country together again, young single people must spend a month in the body of another young single person in a state of an opposite "color." One young man learns a lot from walking in someone else's shoes.
The issue includes two short stories. The first is "The Astronaut" by Brian Plante. A young boy gets a crush on a woman living next door. It turns out she is the wife of an astronaut on a Mars Mission. No, we don't get a Summer of '42, but we do get a sweet story about a boy growing up into a man. Also, we have "A Higher Level of Misundertanding" by Carl Frederick. This is a classic Analog story about a man who must figure out why diplomatic relations with an alien culture seems to be going wrong.
This is a pretty classic issue of Analog and is well worth picking up.