Analog Science Fiction and Fact – Vol. CXXVIII No. 3 - March 2008
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: David A Hardy
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 10592113
Date: 24 January 2008 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Analog's March 2008 issue features stories by Joe Haldeman (a serial), Catherine Asaro, Robert R. Chase, John G. Hemry, Howard V. Hendrix, and James C. Glass.
Analog continues 2008 with its March issue. All the stories got a Very Good from me.
The issue's cover story is a novella from the talented Catherine Asaro, "The Spacetime Pool". Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, Janelle Aulair suddenly finds herself in what seems like a fantasy world but which turns out to be an alternate North America. She meets an imposing man named Dominick who tells her she is part of a fearsome prophecy about himself and his brother. Janelle learns more of the world in what would seem like the first part of a larger tale. Robert Chase contributes a novelette, "Not Even the Past" which is a classic locked-room mystery. This one takes place on a space-elevator en-route to an asteroid. A detective solves the crime in a very science-fictional way.
The issue also has three short stories. John G. Hemry's "The Bookseller of Bastet" features an unassuming man who does his best to bring literature to a planet in the grips of civil war. In, "Knot Your Grandfather's Knot", Howard Hendrix tells us of an old man named Mike Sakler rummaging through an old trunk left to him by his grandfather, who had taken him to the 1939 World's Fair. He discovers something truly startling and proceeds to fulfill his grandfather's legacy. The issue concludes with "Helen's Last Will" by James C. Glass. Blanche Packard is suspicious of her sister's death and what her son has done with her. She finds out the truth of things in an interesting legal case.
All in all, a good issue and well worth picking up.