Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2005

Reviewed date: 2005 Nov 28
144 pages
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The second installment of Karl Schroeder's Sun of Suns shows that Schroeder is an excellent author.

  • Serial Novel (2 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: Audobon in Atlantis, by Harry Turtledove - An alternate history where the east coast of North America is the continent of Atlantis. Famous naturalist John James Audobon takes a trip to Atlantis to sketch the nearly extinct honkers that once roamed the entire continent.
  • Novelette: Do Neanderthals Know?, by Robert J. Howe - Dr. Pinky Sills discovers an African cabbage that unlocks hidden powers of the mind.
  • Short story: A Christmas in Amber, by Scott William Carter - In the last days before an asteroid strike will destroy Earth, a man sends his granddaughter off planet to escape.
  • Short story: Hotel Security, by Carl Frederick - A hotel security expert discovers first-hand the dangerous power the Department of Homeland Security now wields, and he begins to question whether his whole career has been in service of unethical violations of the rights of citizens.
  • Short story: The Slow Ones, by Larry Niven - A tourist station on Earth caters to aliens who have wildly different metabolic rates than Earth life.
  • Science fact: Testosterone Replacement: Beyond Viagra to Successful Aging, by Fran Van Cleave - A brief treatment of the role of testosterone in the body, and of how little we know about it. Little research is being done because (surprise!) you can't patent a natural compound and thus there is no money in it.

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