Analog Science Fiction and Fact - November 2009 - Vol. CXXIX No.11
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Vincent Di Fate
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-2113
Date: 26 September 2009 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The November 2009 issue of Analog features stories by Craig DeLauncey, John G. Hemry, Jerry Oltion, Jay Werkheiser, and the first part of a serial by G. David Nordley.
The November 2009 issue of Analog is a another good one. All the stories were top-notch.
The short fiction begins with "Amabit Sapiens" by Craig DeLauncey, a sequel to "Amor Vincit Omnia" in the April 2008 issue. Hippolyta Sumaran is a geologist working in the oil industry. She is kidnapped in Argentina and tortured on the suspicion of sabotage. We get some of her backstory and find out what is really going on, all making for a good story.
In "Foreign Exchange" by Jerry Oltion, Melissa Nelson and Will Randall are going to be the first people from Earth to land on Mars. Their return vehicle was sent ahead of them where it could manufacture its fuel from the carbon dioxide on Mars. Just one thing goes wrong; the ship takes off before they arrive. When it arrives, there's an alien on it. The story has some more twists and turns and proved to be a very fun read.
"Thanksgiving Day" by Jay Werkhiser is a story of survival on a colony planet. Problems have emerged and the colonist are running out of food they can eat. They can't eat the native food and they can't grow their own. Another problem is that they have split into two groups, techies and grunts. Can they find a solution? Werkhiser does a good job combining the solutions to both the social problems and the scientific ones.
The "Joan" in the story by John G. Hemry is none other than Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans. Kate is a modern day graduate student, obsessed with Joan. She would like to go back in time to rescue her. She actually gets the chance to do so and rescues her from burning at the stake, with the help of a few hand grenades. But that's only the beginning of the story as she finds out Joan is all that she has been portrayed in history. She is committed to her cause and will not abandon it. While one may quibble that her chance for time travel is a little too convenient, one can forgive it in the cause of a good story, which this is.
The serial will be reviewed in my article on the December issue, but the short fiction in this issue of Analog maintains the high quality of the magazine. I recommend that you subscribe.