Analog Science Fiction and Fact - September 2009 - Vol. CXXIX No.9
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Alperium/Shutterstock.com
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 25 June 2009 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The September 2009 issue of Analog features stories by Shane Tourtelotte, Alec Nevala-Lee, Marie DesJardin, Eric James Stone, and the conclusion of a serial by Barry B. Longyear.
The September 2009 issue of Analog has another good solid entertaining group of stories. I had a small quibble with one story, but the rest of the issue more than made up for it..
"Evergreen" by Shane Tourtelotte is another one of his stories that explore a near-future change in people. Andrew is an adult but his body was frozen at age eight. He’s not the only one but he resents not being able to grow up and the treatment he gets from others. He meets Alice who is frozen like him but enjoys being a child at times. He develops feelings for her and this causes problems for both of them. Tourtelotte again shows us that he is a very talented writer.
Marie DesJardin’s "From the Ground Up" is nice little story about Carrie. Carrie trained to be an astronaut but budget cuts meant she was laid off. She returns to a Minnesota farm that had belonged to her aunt. When she was eight years old, she witnessed a tiny spaceship crash and saw little aliens die. She said nothing at the time but she returns and we get a nice payoff. This was another story I thoroughly enjoyed.
In "Attitude Adjustment" by Eric James Stone, Danica is piloting a small spaceship called the Moonskimmer, showing tourists close-up views of the Moon’s surface. What turns out to be an act of sabotage puts her and her passengers in danger. All of them think of ways to deal with the problem and Stone writes a delightful story that was fun to read.
Alec Nevala-Lee's "The Last Resort" is set in a forest next to a ski resort, a forest which will become another resort. Helki and Victor work inside the system to help the environment but this isn't always easy. An act of sabotage results in the deaths of humans and animals but things are more complicated than that. The author provides a solution to the problem at the end, but it doesn’t quite satisfy me.
I normally don't review serialized stories as they are really novels. The two-part "Turning the Grain" by Barry B. Longyear is probably novel length but I'm a longtime fan of Barry Longyear and can't resist. Gordon Redcliff is a cynical Native American who has made his living as a soldier and a sniper. He winds up as part of a time-traveling mission to a village 139,000 years in the past, located in what is the present day Egypt, near the border of Libya. He is supposed to be a bodyguard to a scientist and they will visit the village before it is destroyed by a meteorite. They are supposed to leave and do nothing that would affect the world in the 139,000 years between then and now. Things go awry and Gordon is stranded in the past. Longyear once more shows how good a storyteller he is.
Like I said, a good solid issue. You really should subscribe!