Analog Science Fiction and Fact
by Stan Schmidt (ed)
Review by Sam Tomaino
Penny Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: B00005N7VP
Date: March 2005 List Price $40.50/yr Amazon US / Amazon UK / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Analog continues the serial by Jack Williamson which I'll review sometime after its conclusion in the next issue. It also has the usual regular features: a Science Fact article, an amusing Probability Zero by Robert Scherrer as well as book reviews and other items.
Other than the Williamson serial, the main story is "Acts of Conscience" by Shane Tourtelotte. This is a sequel to a previous story that dealt with technology that allows scientists to overlay people?s personalities. In this story, an actress asks to be made more progressive, the better to achieve in Hollywood. She has enhanced herself in other ways and feels this is the next logical step. The central character is very uncomfortable with this and she must come to a decision on what to do with her own career.
James Glass contributes an exciting story in "Dark Peril". Scientists from a generation ship must make a side-trip to investigate a gravitational anomaly. As in many Analog tales, they must discover what this is and how to survive getting a bit too close. The other stories in the issue are a bit more fun. "Alphabet Angels" by Ekaterina Sedia and David Bartell is a love story about a man and a woman brought together by fish that can spell. "General Tso's Chicken" by Carl Frederick tells how those running a space station deal with some bratty kids who are visiting.
All in all a good issue and an opportunity, in the Williamson story, to read something by one of the masters of the genre.