Wednesday, August 31, 2011
An issue pretty much carried by Richard Lovett
Energized, Part II of IV by Edward M. Lerner: NOT REVIEWED
Coordinated Attacks by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: 2.5
Jak and the Beanstalk by Richard A. Lovett: 4
One Out of Many by Kyle Kirkland: 2.5
Probability Zero: ... Plus C'est La Meme Chose by Arlan Andrews, Sr.: 3.5
Death and Dancing in New Las Vegas by Ernest Hogan: 3
A Witness to All That Was by Scott William Carter: 1.5
More Than Plot and Character: The Story-Telling Secrets of Narrative Voice by Richard A. Lovett: A
Before You Get to String Theory by C.W. Johnson: B+
So Long, Proxima Centauri by Kevin Walsh: B
Science Fiction Imagines the Digital Future by James Gunn: D
Schmidt's editorial is a decent enough read, and The Alternative View is better than it often is, but the reviews in this issue are absolutely awful. Painful to read as well as useless.
One stand-out story in Lovett's "Jak and the Beanstalk", one stand-out article in Lovett's "Narrative Voice". The articles are mostly better than the stories, being 3/4 enjoyable, although aside from "A Witness to All That Was", the lesser of the fiction is never really bad. A lot of it is unimpressive, but only one story really bothers me.
Not a great issue of Analog, but not without its merits either.