Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2010

Reviewed date: 2010 Sep 10
112 pages
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I enjoyed this issue. All of the stories were good.

  • Novella: Phantom Sense, by Richard A. Lovett & Mark Niemann-Ross - An ex-special forces soldier has trouble reintegrating into civilian life because he suffers from intense loss when his sixth sense (the sensory input from a swarm of remotely controlled bugs) is taken from him.
  • Novelette: Howl of the Seismologist, by Carl Frederick - A seismologist's dog detects earthquakes before they happen, and he's detecting a big one.
  • Novelette: Outbound, by Brad R. Torgersen - Total war breaks out on Earth, and the few refugees flee to the Oort cloud.
  • Short story: Zoo Team, by Allen M. Steele - A team of practical jokers stages a pretend crisis on a pretend mission to Mars, but get interrupted by a real crisis: meteor strike! Air leak! Uncontrolled spin!
  • Short story: Contamination, by Jay Werkheiser - The expedition to Nouvelle Terre has studied the planet from orbit for decades, refusing to land for fear of contaminating the ecosystem. New arrivals from Earth show no such restraint, and intend to land immediately.
  • Short story: The Deadliest Moop, by Michael A. Armstrong - Orbital garbage collectors pick up a bit of space junk that clearly isn't made by humans--and it's active and it's hostile.
  • Science fact: Phantom Science: The Facts Behind 'Phantom Sense, by Richard A. Lovett & Mark Niemann-Ross - Is it realistic for a human brain to be able to integrate the sensory input from a swarm of up to 300 insects? What about controlling the swarm?

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