Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March 2011

Reviewed date: 2011 May 20
112 pages
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I did not find this issue terribly engaging. Julie is Three was barely interesting, but the central idea could have been told in two sentences; Taboo seemed to shy away from actually addressing incest taboos. None of the other stories were worth the read.

  • Novelette: Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in The Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms, by John G. Hemry - Time travelers are sent back to their youth in order to influence the world toward adopting more ecologically friendly policies before it's too late.
  • Novelette: Rule Book, by Paul Carlson - A friendly trucker brings down a robot-hating politician.
  • Short story: Astronomic Distance, Geologic Time, by Bud Sparhawk - Geological time scales are vast, but the immensity of space is orders of magnitude larger.
  • Short story: Falls the Firebrand, by Sarah Frost - Three explorers try to fix their crash-landed spaceship, and only one of them pays enough attention to the local intelligent species to understand their warning about imminent wildfires.
  • Short story: Julie is Three, by Craig DeLancey - A doctor examines a girl after a car wreck and uncovers the fact that she has three distinct persons within her brain.
  • Short story: Hiding from Nobel, by Brad Aiken - An accident at summer camp nearly kills Jeffry, but a mysterious stranger heals him.
  • Short story: Taboo, by Jerry Oltion - Rejuvenation treatments offer immortality in exchange for loss of earlier memories, which is fine until a man who doesn't remember his family meets his daughter--who doesn't remember him--and begins a relationship.
  • Short-short: Timeshare, by Robert H. Prestridge - Time travel gives a new meaning to time-share vacations.
  • Science fact: Say What? Ruminations About Language, Communications, and Science Fiction, by Edward M. Lerner - Learning to communicate with aliens will be much, much harder than it is in science fiction stories.

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