Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2005

Reviewed date: 2005 Sep 17
144 pages
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Ah, much better. All good science fiction stories. Schroeder's Sun of Suns promises to be a better story than Niven's free-fall tales of the Smoke Ring and Integral Trees.

  • Serial Novel (1 of 4): Sun of Suns, by Karl Schroeder - Schroeder gives a new spin on a free-fall world in the tradition of Larry Niven's Integral Trees and Smoke Ring.
  • Novella: The Diversification of its Fancy, by John Barnes - A story in Barnes's springer universe (the one from his novel Earth Made of Glass). Giraut Leones dodges assassination attempts, although if he were assassinated he could simply be re-loaded from a backup into a clone body.
  • Novelette: The Case of the Contumacious Qubit, by Thomas R. Dulski - A chemistry researcher helps judge a science competition, where he helps a high school scientist search for his missing aunt, also a brilliant scientist.
  • Short story: 911-Backup, by Richard A. Lovett - For humans with computer-assisted brains, a hard drive crash can be fatal.
  • Science fact: Retirement Home of the Gods, by Stephen L. Gillett, Ph.D. - Red dwarfs aren't so red.
  • Short-short: Keeping Track, by Richard Foss - The invention of time-keeping.

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