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Analog Science Fiction and Fact – May 2009 – Vol. CXXIX No.5
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: NASA/JPL-Caltech/O. Krause
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog  ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 27 March 2009

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

The May 2009 issue of Analogfeatures stories by Adam-Troy Castro, Alexis Glynn Latner, Tom Ligon, Robert R. Chase, Shane Tourtelotte, Steven Gould, and Philip Edward Kaldon.

The May 2009 issue of Analog is another good one. I liked all the stories, but one.

The issue starts with "Among the Tchi" by Adam Troy-Castro. Brian Carlson has just started an author-in-residence program on the planet of the Tchi, who regard humans with disdain. Like all the other human authors in the same program, he is pelted with questions on irrelevant minutiae in which the Tchi are interested. Can he find a way to strike back at the race who just want to humiliate humans? This was a witty, delightful story from one of my favorite authors!

Next was Alexis Glynn Latner's "Quickfeathers", set on an Earth colony planet called Green. It's a lush planet but without any apparent minerals or oil. By translating the writings of an extinct civilization, the colonists find a way to survive in this beautiful, imaginative tale.

Tom Ligon's "Rendezvous at Angels Thirty" features a flying enthusiast in a near-future. He is rich enough to fund a computer simulation of an ancestor's World War II mission in which all were lost. But these simulations become all too real in this nice, little story.

I always expect a fine story from Shane Tourtellotte and "A Measure of Devotion" does not disappoint. Harris Kensil comes out of a two-year retirement to lead a debate on continued space exploration. It becomes apparent quickly that there is something wrong with him and when we find out, we understand the meaning of the title. This was my favorite story in the issue.

"A Story, With Beans" by Steven Gould is set in the Southwestern United States in a future in which metal-eating bugs are a deadly hazard. A tale is told around a campfire about a man called Left-for-dead who ran afoul of a religious community. It's actually pretty pointless and nasty.

"The Brother on the Shelf" by Philip Edward Kaldon starts in the year 2882 and Billy and Connor Johnson collect trading cards picturing vessels fighting on a distant space war with aliens. The cards have a special quality in that they develop a black border if the ship is lost. Eight years later, Billy enlists and Connor has the card with his ship on it. This was a very touching, sad tale.

"The Sleeping Beauties" by Robert R. Chase starts on New Year's Eve 2057. Exobiologist Peter Frondelli and singer Angelina Lamont are in love and engaged to be married. The only problem is that he has been chosen for a five-year mission to Saturn. Chase weaves a beautiful story of separation, devotion and inadvertent success.

All in all, this was a pretty good issue. You really should subscribe!

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