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Analog Science Fiction and Fact – December 2008 – Vol. CXXVIII No.12
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: David A. Hardy
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog  ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 26 October 2008

Links: Analog Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The December issue of Analog features stories by David Bartell, Joe Schembrie, Jason Sanford, a Probability Zero piece from Rick Norwood, along with the second part of a serial by Robert J. Sawyer.

The December issue of Analog has only three stories in it, but all of them got a Very Good from me.

"Misquoting the Star" by David Bartell is set on the Moon when Earth has been destroyed by a meteor. There had been some warning and refugees live in pods. Someday they will return to repopulate Earth. Netty Washington is administrator of one of the pods and has dreams of rebuilding society, so it will be perfect this time. She realizes the problems with that goal in this affecting novelette.

Joe Schembrie's "Moby Digital" is an exciting story that mostly takes place in a virtual reality simulation of Moby Dick. Our unnamed narrator is a consultant trying to solve a problem when the simulation is hacked by an intelligent computer virus and three people are trapped inside. The problem is that the membrane containing the simulation will eventually compress, crushing all those inside. Our hero must go in and find a way to defeat the virus in this cleverly written tale.

"Where Away You Fall" by Jason Sanford is set in some near future in which access to space is tightly controlled by a few countries. Other countries and private concerns get around this by sending special balloons to near Earth orbit. Dusty has always wanted to be an astronaut but was denied that because she was a lapsed member of a radical religious sect called the Seekers that wants to keep humanity on Earth. How she finds her own destiny and understands the importance of that makes for a nice little story.

The Probability Zero piece is "Aliens" by Rick Norwood and is a bit obvious in its application to current issues. No subtlety, there.

Well, Analog is a bit smaller, but it's still worth subscribing to. You should do so.

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