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Analog Science Fiction and Fact - July/August 2009 - Vol. CXXIX Nos. 7 & 8
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: John Allemand
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog  ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 26 May 2009 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The July/August 2009 issue of Analog features stories by Daniel Hatch, John G. Hemry, Scott William Carter, Tom Ligon, Don DíAmmassa, Marissa K. Lingen, the first part of a serial by Barry B. Longyear, a Probability Zero from Harry Turtledove, and a number of other features .

The July/August 2009 issue of Analog is another good one. All the stories were enjoyed by me.

The issue starts with "Seed of the Revolution" by Daniel Hatch, it is set on the planet Chamal, the setting of some previous stories by Hatch. Chamal is an unique planet as it has many intelligent species that can interbreed. This makes for an interesting story of how they all relate to each other. Pog is a Chamalian who is a servant to a human named Dr. Wu. When Wu is killed by Chamalian assassins. Pog goes on the run. Another human and Chamalian investigate the murder in this fairly interesting story.

"The Bear Who Sang Opera" in Scott William Carter's story is Karvo Partano. He's actually a biological-robot hybrid who looks like a bear. He hires a detective named Dexter Duff because he's convinced someone has stolen his singing voice and altered his memories to hide their crime. Duff takes the case and tours a couple of planets before he solves the crime. Carter gives us a nice little story with a very satisfying ending.

"Payback" by Tom Ligon starts with an alien race located in the constellation Cassieopeia launching a device that will make our sun explode. They actually warn us and the device is defeated by someone being in the right place at the right time. Almost everyone on Earth is crying for vengeance but the Secretary General of the United Nations does not want that. How can he convince others of that? This all makes for a cleverly-written tale.

In "Failure to Obey", John G. Hemry gives us a story about military authority and what should be done in certain circumstances. Lieutenant Jen Shen is the hero when her space station is attacked by terrorists. When a friend of hers is court-martialed over refusing to comply with an order in that same incident, she helps out with his trial. I like courtroom dramas and this one was a well-written one.

Don D'Ammassa's "Duck and Cover" starts in 1969 in South Vietnam. Our narrator runs afoul of a mean drunk named Elmer Colby and is avoiding getting a beating from him. He uses his resources to find out more about the guy and some anomalies show up. He is able to avoid him but, years later, gets an inkling of what he really is. All in all, this was a neat little piece.

Leslie notices something odd in her son's memories in "The Calculus Plague" by Marissa K. Lingen. A faculty member is doing experimenting in viral memory transfer. Things get worse and less benign until Leslie decides to take action. Lingen has created an interesting new scientific idea and written a pretty good story about it.

There is also a Probability Zero piece called "Global Warning" by Harry Turtledove. This is not set in our present day, but I won't spoil it further. Iíll only say that Turtledove turns in some amusing satirical work.

"Turning the Grain" by Barry B. Longyear is part one of a two-part serial that I'll review when it's complete.

Stanley Schmidt has produced another good issue. You really should subscribe!

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