Analog Science Fiction and Fact – Vol. CXXVIII No. 4- April 2008
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 10592113
Date: 24 January 2008 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The April 2008 issue of Analog features stories by Joe Haldeman (a serial), Thomas R. Dulski, Donald Moffitt, Craig DeLancey, Stephen L. Burns, William Gleason, and Jerry Oltion along with a poem and the usual features.
The April 2008 issue of Analog is another good one, with all the stories getting a Very Good from me.
The issue begins with "Guaranteed Not to Turn Pink in the Can" by Thomas R. Dulski. Charlie Sanko is a P.I. who is hired by a man named Roderick to investigate his daughter's fiancé. They have co-authored a book about a rare 16th century manuscript, purportedly written by descendants of survivors of the Albingensian heretics who had been rescued by aliens in the 1230s. They returned to Earth and supposedly wrote this manuscript in an alien language. What follows is a nice little adventure about what is really going on. Donald Moffit's "The Beethoven Project" takes places in a future in which time travel is possible. As a result, several companies have made money going back in time to get great composers to write new material. The people in the story decide to go back and make Ludwig von Beethoven an "offer he can't refuse" to write a Tenth Symphony. Things get complicated in a hilarious way. The third novelette is "Amor Vincit Omnia" by Craig DeLancey. This one features a group of people that were all raised in a very special orphanage. They remain very close but there is something different about them. I will not give away the end of this but I will say I am skeptical of whether it is a good thing or not.
There are three short stories in this issue. The first, "Righteous Bite" by Stephen L. Burns follows Spike and Benny on their way to take out a vicious, terrorist bomber. The reader will expect some twist at the end and I have to say that it's a good one. Next, comes William Gleason's "Into That Good Night". Harry Lamb does not like his new boss, Bob Roberts, but must follow his orders when disaster strikes and they must work together to prevent a nuclear explosion. This is a short, exciting story about true heroism. Last, there is "The Anthropic Precipice" by Jerry Oltion. David wants to conduct an experiment in space but an alien appears to David to warn him that his observations can actually change reality. Given this risk, what will he do?
The issue is rounded out by a hilarious Probability Zero story and the usual features. It is well worth picking up.