Analog Science Fiction and Fact – October 2008 – Vol. CXXVIII No.10
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Scott Grimando
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 26 September 2008 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The October issue of Analogfeatures stories by Richard A Lovett & Mark Niemann-Ross, Dave Creek, Robert R. Chase, Tracy Canfield and Carl Frederick. along with the final part of a serial by David R. Palmer.
The October issue of Analog is another good one, with all the stories getting a Very Good from me.
The first story is "New Wineskins" by Richard A Lovett & Mark Niemann. It features an intrepid reporter named Valerie Akwasi who after a visit to an exclusive winery, smells a story in its owner and his brother. Are they using illegal immigrants to pick the grapes? Her and an assistant find out what is really going on in a unique tale of alternative employment.
The other novelette in this issue is "Stealing Adriana" by Dave Creek. Carrie Molina is a genetically-altered police officer tracking down a criminal on a Mennonite colony called New Lancaster Habitat. The man is a particularly loathsome abuser of women on a number of worlds but is a respected member of the habitat. Aided by a local police chief, she gets her man, but at a great price for both of them.
The issue features three short stories. In "The Meme Theorist" by Robert Chase, Pelerin is doing brilliant research into memes ("units of cultural information transferred from one mind to another." ) He is making great strides, if only he wasn't hallucinating Werner Heisenberg appearing in his kitchen! Tracy Canfield gives us a interesting little story with "Starship Down". Okalani Yee is a doctor stationed on the planet Myosotis, in which the barely sentient natives look a bit like large bunnies. Their vocabulary limits their learning but Yee finds a way to get around that in this classic Analog tale. Last of all, there is "Vita Longa" by Carl Frederick. Gale is an artist in the near future with a rich boyfriend. She does not think she loves him until he leaves her to go into a special kind of stasis field until a cure for his pancreatic cancer can be found. When she realizes she does love him, she uses her artistic talents to find a way to join the man she loves. This was a cleverly told story.
As I've said before Analog is worth a subscription.