Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2009

Reviewed date: 2010 Jul 1
112 pages
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I surprised myself by enjoying Joan even though it's a time travel story. The other stories are good too. An all-around excellent issue.

  • Serial (1 of 2): To Climb a Flat Mountain, by G. David Nordley - Jacques Song awakes from cold sleep to find that he and his fellow crew members have crashlanded on a square, flat world.
  • Novelette: Amabit Sapiens, by Craig DeLancey - Lyta is part of a conspiracy to end the petroleum economy by spiking the world's oil wells with petroleum-eating bacteria.
  • Novelette: Joan, by John G. Hemry - Kate travels back in time and saves Joan of Arc from being burned at the stake as a heretic.
  • Short story: Foreign Exchange, by Jerry Oltion - Disaster strikes a Mars mission when the uncrewed return vehicle returns early--with an alien passenger.
  • Short story: Thanksgiving Day, by Jay Werkheiser - Kev has to figure out why the alien plants are poisonous before the colony's food reserves run out.
  • Science Fact: Rock! Bye, Bye, Baby, by Edward M. Lerner - How likely is an earth-killing asteroid strike, and what can we do to prevent it?

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