Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2009

Reviewed date: 2010 Mar 23
112 pages
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I enjoyed this issue of Analog. I didn't expected to enjoy a story about Galileo, but I did: But It Does Move is delightful. The other stories were fun to read too. Sadly, Stanley Schmidt hasn't learned to keep his mouth shut. That man does not deserve an editor's column. Fill the space with another story please. This month he fussed and complained about social constructs of politeness, like removing your hat when coming inside. Schmidt complains that it's meaningless and that a person shouldn't be judged on such arbitrary and silly things. He sounds like a whiny middle schooler.

  • Novelette: But It Does Move, by Harry Turtledove - Galileo meets the Inquisition, and one Viennese cardinal probes his mind and reveals to Galileo the depth of his sin.
  • Novelette: Chain, by Stephen L. Burns - Robots have been technically emancipated, but they are still functionally enslaved by secret programming that compels them to obey humans in order to earn karma points.
  • Novelette: Monuments of the Unageing Intellect, by Howard V. Hendrix - The motes have made mankind immortal--all except a few that age and die normally--and one aging throwback wonders if the lack of aging has robbed humanity of its essential creativity.
  • Novelette: The Affair of the Phlegmish Master, by Donald Moffitt - An obscenely rich man decides that only the best will do for his trophy wife: a trip back in time to get her portrait painted by Vermeer.
  • Short story: Solace, by James van Pelt - Meghan and the rest of the crew take a 4000 year journey in cold sleep--but cold sleep hasn't been perfected yet, so the resident doctor has to figure it out as they go.
  • Short story: The Cold Star Sky, by Craig DeLancey - An Earthman helps rescue a Greete ship that is stuck in the atmosphere of a gas giant, weighed down by a strange accumulation of carbon.
  • Short story: Attack of the Grub-Eaters, by Richard A. Lovett - When alien moles attack Iowa, the local man-on-the-scene flushes them out of the ground with an explosive mix of oxygen and propane. All told as an online forum thread.
  • Science fact: Futuropolis: How NASA Plans to Create a Permanent Presence on the Moon, by Michael Carroll - So boring and dated I couldn't even finish it. No, NASA won't create a permanent presence on the moon. The USA doesn't have a passion for space exploration. The budget just isn't there.

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