Analog Science Fiction and Fact – Vol. CXXV, No. 11 – November 2007
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Jean-Pierre Normand
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 August 2007 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The November 2007 issue of Analog is another quality one. We get another fun Jaggers and Shad story from Barry Longyear, as well as contributions by John G. Hemry, H.G. Stratmann, Carl Frederick, Bud Sparhawk and David Walton.
The November 2007 issue of Analog is another quality one. All the stories got a Very Good from me.
The issue's Novella is "Murder in Parliament Street" by Barry B. Longyear, another in a series of "police procedurals" featuring Detective Inspector Harrington Jaggers (wearing a body suit resembling Basil Rathbone) and Detective Sergeant Guy Shad (wearing the body suit of a duck) of the Artificial Beings Crime Division of Interpol. They investigate the brutal murder of a pigeon, who is, of course, actually human. As in the other stories, there is a lot of fun stuff and a great conclusion.
The novelettes are well worth reading, too. John G. Hemry's "These Are the Times" is set in Massachusetts on April 18-19, 1775 and involves two time travelers observing the events and adding to their own personal history. "The Paradise Project" by H.G.Stratmann also involves a cute couple but in this one, they are exploring a Mars that has been moved closer to Earth and terraformed by aliens.
Two of the short stories take a more serious tone. In "Yearning for the White Avenger" by Carl Frederick, two boys teach a parrot and a dog to communicate with each other and the results improve the life of one of them. Bud Sparhawk's "The Suit" gives us a future I which our appliances and even our clothing is just too intelligent. Yet another cute couple finds a way to deal with that. Last of all, "Permission to Speak Freely" by David Walton deals with a scientist's dilemma on dealing with research that is not as cut and dried as his bosses want. Will he make the right choice?
All in all, a great issue! Analog is well worth subscribing to.