Analog Science Fiction and Fact – October 2007
by Stanley Schmidt
Edited by Stanley Schmidt
Cover Artist: Bob Eggleton
Review by Sam Tomaino
Analog ISBN/ITEM#: 10592113
Date: 26 July 2007
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Once again, Analog gives us a pretty consistent read with its October 2007 issue. All but one of the stories got a Very Good from me.
The lead novella in the issue is "An Angelheaded Hipster Escapes" by Daniel Hatch. Jonathan Bender is a 20th century man who is still living in the 22nd. This is because his head and mind are preserved in a container that keeps him alive and allows him speech. He is rescued from servitude by a beautiful, madcap, young woman and his adventures begin. I liked this story and look forward to more with these characters.
The issue features two novelettes. Barry Longyear, in "The Hangingstone Rat" gives us another adventure with Jaggers and Shad, detectives with the Artificial Beings Crime Division. In this world, people can download their minds into any kind of body they want. Jaggers looks like Basil Rathbone and Shad is in the body of a duck! When they are ambushed and Shad is apparently killed, Jaggers, two women in cat bodies and a robot looking like Stephen Fry's Jeeves must set things right. Tom Ligon's "El Dorado" tells us of Victor who discovers the mother lode of an asteroid that will make him rich. But something else happens.
Last, we have three short stories. In "A Bridge in Time" by Joseph P. Martino, a time gate across a bridge under repair is being misused and Carson must set things right. "On the Quantum Theoretic Implications of Newton's Alchemy" by Alex Kasman is the story of a modern alchemist and his assistant. The only story I did not care for was Ekaterina Sedia's "Virus Changes Skin." In a story about a young woman's obsession with viruses, Sedia tries to cram in too much detail and the story does not succeed.
Still, this is an issue well worth picking up!