Analog Science Fiction and Fact – November 2008 – Vol. CXXVIII No.11
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: George Krauter
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 27 September 2008
Links: Analog's Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
I liked the November issue of Analog even better than the last one, with all the stories getting a Very Good from me.
The first of the two novelettes is "Greenwich Nasty Time" by Carl Frederick. Physics graduate student Paul is on vacation on the Isle of Wight with his girlfriend Vicki. Dr. Richardson, his professor, is about to run an experiment in multiword theory. Naturally something goes wrong and Paul and Vicki must find a way to set things right. This one was very entertaining. The other novelette, Paul Levinson's "Unburning Alexandria" was a nicely told story of time travel set in 413 AD Alexandria and other cities. Sierra is trying to rescue works from the famous library but she has another goal, too. A number of characters, historical and not, pop in to the story filled with intrigue and mystery. I liked this but I was left waiting for more. I hope Mr. Levinson has more to tell.
We get four short stories, all quite enjoyable. The veteran writer Alan Dean Foster contributes "Cold Fire." At the opening, a photographer named Morgan has doomed himself by traveling alone on the North Slope of Alaska and having a snow machine accident. More mistakes and he is about to become wolf food when he is rescued by Albert Tungarook, an Inupiaq hunter with a nearby house. When he is taken to the house, he meets Albert's daughter, Casey, and an incredible marvel. Foster shows why he's been around doing this for so long. In "Bug Eyes" by Richard Lovett, Frank Rogers is startled to see what looks like a bug-eyed monster in the video feed from a probe in Io. Is someone playing a trick on him? No! Lovett fashions a clever little First Contact tale here.That is followed by Stephen L. Burns' "Mea Culpa". Told as a letter to the editor named "Span" of a magazine called Astrolab, one Stalin L. Bungs confesses to using "performance-enhancing" drugs to bolster his storytelling ability. The result is many stories under his name and even more under pseudonyms (spoof names of the Analog mafia). This one was one of those funny little pieces that's enjoyable to read. Last of the stories is "Re\Creation" by Oz Drummond. Gale is a player in some kind of computer game who can't figure out her opponent. As the story unfolds, we find out who he is and what a good player Gale has become. This one rounds out the issue nicely.
Well, this is another good issue of Analog, the oldest science fiction magazine currentl;y published. Isn't it about time that you subscribed?