Sunday, July 17, 2011

Analog Science Fiction and Fact June 2011

The first part of a serial takes a lot of space. An average issue.

Citizen-Astronaut • novelette by David D. Levine
A blogger takes part on a Mars mission. He was supposed to have a free access to all information, even to the negative facts, but he soon finds that everything isn't something that should be told publicly. ***+
Take One For The Road • shortstory by Jamie Todd Rubin
The only surviving astronaut from a failed Mercury mission shares some beers with a younger neighbor and tells the true story of what happened. More mundane story I was expecting with not necessarily most believable plot points. ***
Stone Age • shortstory by Alastair Mayer
Archeologists make a major discovery on an alien planet only to find that grave robbers get it from them on a gunpoint. But there are some strange low radioactive readings still coming from the grave...A short story with not very believable plot. ***
Kawataro • novelette by Alec Nevala-Lee
A scientist who is visiting a remote and isolated Japanese village faces a monster from local legends. Another fairly mundane story which first seemed to be a horror or fantasy, but turns out to be a borderline science fiction with somewhat too neat resolution. ***-

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