Analog Science Fiction and Fact – July/August 2008 – Vol. CXXVIII No. 7 & 8
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Bob Eggelton
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 10592113
Date: 29 May 2008 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The July/August 2008 issue of Analogfeatures stories by Dean McLaughlin, Carl Frederick, Michael F. Flynn, Paul Carlson, Bond Elam, Juliette Wade, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Kyle Kirkland and the first part of a serial by David R. Palmer. The July/August 2008 issue of Analog continues to please, with all the stories getting a Very Good from me.
"The Exoanthropic Principle" by Carl Frederick features scientists on a SETI-like project who have received a set of prime numbers from somewhere "out there." Colin is a mathematician and a theist who believes the Anthropic Principle ("the idea that the probability of a livable universe developing by chance is essentially zero"). The communication with the aliens casts doubt on that. What will he do now?
In Michael F. Flynn's "Sand and Iron," the crew of the New Angelesfind themselves in orbit around a strange planet. Looking for material to help fix their ship, they come across artifacts. What should they do with them? Bond Elam's "A Plethora of Truth" features two TV ministers, Pastor Billy and Reverend Jim, who compete to dominate audience share with "hotlines to God," "soul genes," etc. In a hilarious story, they get an answer to their prayers they are not expecting.
"Let the Word Take Me" by Juliette Wade is set on a world called Garini. David and his father are part of a human colony on the planet. But they have failed to communicate with the locals and the authorities are going to abandon the planet. David is asked to talk with a captured native. But what he must do is trickier than that. In "Junkie," Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff introduces us to Matty Gurkow, a glorified garbage man on the spaceship Terrapin who dreams of making First Contact. But sometimes the size of the Universe makes that difficult.
Kyle Kirkland's "Imprint" features Giles Bailey, an independent guy who has genetic deformities that leave him smaller than normal and without legs. He suspects something is going on in secret at the institute he works at. Can he use his uniqueness to his advantage?
"Shotgun Seat" by Paul Carson takes place in a near future where old trucker Claude is delivering some boxes to a robotics firm. His trainee is a young woman who calls herself Alice. Turns out the boxes contain parts of humaniform robots. They can take over trucking. Or can they?
The issue concludes with "Tenbrook of Mars" by Dean McLaughlin, a novella. Don Tenbrook had wound up acting manager on an outpost on Mars when a disaster cut off their supplies. While he won't admit to it, he's credited with "saving the colony." He's coming home to a hero's welcome and finding something out about how help from Earth was handled. We get his history and how survival was engineered. Does he have a surprise waiting for him?
As I've said before, Analog continues to feature enjoyable stories. You should be subscribing!