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Analog Science Fiction and Fact – March 2009 – Vol. CXXIX No.3
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog  ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 28 January 2009 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The March 2009 issue of Analogfeatures stories by David Bartell, Richard Foss, Jerry Craven, Carl Frederick and a Probability Zero along with the conclusion of a serial by Robert J. Sawyer.

The March 2009 issue of Analog. is a pretty good one with all the stories getting a Thimbs Up from me

"Cavernauts" by David Bartell is an exciting tale that follows Rick and Bart as they travel deep into a cave on Callisto to rescue their colleague Colleen who has been lost down deep. The story features an inventive series of physical features of the cave and a good finish.

Richard Foss's "Madman's Bargain" is told by a man named Robin who communicates with an intelligent robot named Allis. Allis, like all robots tend to do, starts breaking down, its mind going. Allis eventually just winks out. What has happened to it. Robin must find out in this interesting look at artificial intelligence.

In "After the First Death", Jerry Craven gives us Claybourne, who is investigating a planet where previous explorers have disappeared and are assumed dead. One was a woman he loved. He encounters natives that the previous team called Clicks. He disables them without killing them and is able to talk with them as they had been taught English. They bring him to a place which answers his questions in a surprising way. This was another well-told tale.

The last short story is "Lifespeed" by Carl Frederick. Robert is a chemist and amateur fencer who would like to compete in the Olympics. When he analyzes the sweat from the towel of a very fast fencer, he finds chemicals produced by the man's genes that make him fast. He tries the chemicals on himself and his "life speed" increases. He must make a moral decision in this very good story.

The issue is rounded out by a Probability Zero piece by H.G. Strattman and Henry Stratmann III. In "When All Else Fails" the Earth becomes a paradise where nothing ever goes wrong and everything is perfect. Why this happens will make you chuckle.

All in all. This was a good issue and up to the magazine's usual standards. You really should subscribe!

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