Analog Science Fiction and Fact – Vol. CXXV, No. 11 – December 2007
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Jean-Pierre Normand
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 26 October 2007
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As has become a regular event, the December 2007 issue of Analog is another good one with all the stories getting a Very Good from me.
The first and cover story is "Icarus Beach" by C.W. Johnson. Set in some far future in which rich adherents to a religious faith called "tarindhu" ride the shockwave of a supernova, the story focuses on the "middle class" Kazo who trains people to do this and a rich young man named Majnu. They experience some danger and fall in love, but how can this work in the rigid class system of this time? Next, we have Sarah K. Castle's "Kukulkan" in which "first contact" (with a tribute to another author who handled that theme) between humans and an alien race is made through a descendant of the Mayans who met them before. But can humanity accept their terms? In "Anything Would Be Worth It", Lesley L. Smith explores the lengths a woman might go to save the lives of her family.
Jerry Oltion treats the conflict between science and religion in as different way with "Salvation". What would a Christian fundamentalist and an atheist scientist do if they could go back in time to meet Jesus? ""Domo Arigato," Says Mr. Roboto" by Robert R. Chase tells of a space race for an asteroid between a normal man and an AI. How can this problem be resolved? The issue ends with a novella, "Reunion" by David W. Goldman which takes place in some far future colony, ruled by an oligarchy. They quashed a rebellion some years ago but an important alien artifact that they need to survive is missing. Do the rebels have it? A former rebel gets the job of finding out.
All in all, Analog ends 2007 on a high note.