Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2011
Reviewed date: 2011 Jul 6
An OK issue but not outstanding.
- Novella: Hiding Place, by Adam-Troy Castro - A murder case takes a weird turn when the accused has become part of a cylinked threesome, which raises the question of whether the "he" who committed the crime still exists as an independent entity who can be punished apart from the other two units of the threesome.
- Novelette: Ian's Ions and Eons, by Paul Levinson - Time traveler tries to reverse the outcome of Bush vs. Gore, only to return and discover someone else has changed it back.
- Novelette: Balm of Hurt Minds, by Thomas R. Dulski - An alien-developed sleeping pill causes some people's dreams to be telepathically broadcast.
- Short story: The Flare Weed, by Larry Niven - An alien brings to Earth some flare weed seeds--which only sprout under the glare of a out-of-control sun. Only later does the protagonist realize what this implies about the near future of Earth's sun.
- Short story: Two Look at Two, by Paula S. Jordan - Elderly couple meet aliens on a hill in the woods.
- Short story: Blessed are the Bleak, by Edward M. Lerner - If you can download yourself into a computer and live a full, perfectly healthy life in the digital realm, wouldn't that be a lot cheaper than providing health care to the chronically ill and the elderly?
- Short story: Remembering Rachel, by Dave Creek - A detective investigating a murder discovers that the main suspect had his memory snipped--which makes him seem even more guilty.
- Short story: Quack, by Jerry Oltion - A homeopathic practitioner agrees to a scientific double-blind study, and the results surprise everyone by showing some statistically significant results.
- Short-short: Small Penalties, by Alastair Mayer - A small penalty for a spammer--times 30 million, once for each spam.
- Science fact: Smart SETI, by Gregory and James Benford - The current strategy of SETI would fail to detect small, short transmissions--which would be the most cost-effective way to transmit messages into deep space.