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CONTENT Serial "Night Ride to Sunrise", Part 1 of 4 by Stanley Schmidt Novella "Sleeping Dogs" by Adam-Troy Castro Novelettes "The Smell of Blood and Thunder" by Liz J. Andersen "The Tarn" by Rob Chilson Short Stories "Breakfast in Bed" by Ian Watson "Potential Side Effects May Include" by Marissa Lingen & Alec Austin "In the Mix" by Arian Andrews, Sr. "Guns Don't Kill People" by Jaco CONTENT Serial "Night Ride to Sunrise", Part 1 of 4 by Stanley Schmidt Novella "Sleeping Dogs" by Adam-Troy Castro Novelettes "The Smell of Blood and Thunder" by Liz J. Andersen "The Tarn" by Rob Chilson Short Stories "Breakfast in Bed" by Ian Watson "Potential Side Effects May Include" by Marissa Lingen & Alec Austin "In the Mix" by Arian Andrews, Sr. "Guns Don't Kill People" by Jacob A. Boyd "Pincushion Pete" by Ian Creasy "Tumbling Dice" by Ron Collins "Dreams of Spanish Gold" by Bond Elam "Ashfall" by Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg "Delivery" by Bud Sparhawk "The Narrative of More" by Tom Greene Poems "67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko" by G.O. Clark Departments Special Feature: "Plotting: How to Make the Unexpected Into the Inevitable" by Richard A. Lovett Science Fact: "Alien Altercations: Star-Spanning Wars" by Edward M. Lerner Science Fact: "Moving the Earth" by Robert Zubrin Guest Editorial: "Conspiracy Theories for Everybody" by Rosemary Clare Smith Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July 2015, Volume CXXXV No. 7 Trevor Quachri, editor Cover art by Tomislav Tikulin


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CONTENT Serial "Night Ride to Sunrise", Part 1 of 4 by Stanley Schmidt Novella "Sleeping Dogs" by Adam-Troy Castro Novelettes "The Smell of Blood and Thunder" by Liz J. Andersen "The Tarn" by Rob Chilson Short Stories "Breakfast in Bed" by Ian Watson "Potential Side Effects May Include" by Marissa Lingen & Alec Austin "In the Mix" by Arian Andrews, Sr. "Guns Don't Kill People" by Jaco CONTENT Serial "Night Ride to Sunrise", Part 1 of 4 by Stanley Schmidt Novella "Sleeping Dogs" by Adam-Troy Castro Novelettes "The Smell of Blood and Thunder" by Liz J. Andersen "The Tarn" by Rob Chilson Short Stories "Breakfast in Bed" by Ian Watson "Potential Side Effects May Include" by Marissa Lingen & Alec Austin "In the Mix" by Arian Andrews, Sr. "Guns Don't Kill People" by Jacob A. Boyd "Pincushion Pete" by Ian Creasy "Tumbling Dice" by Ron Collins "Dreams of Spanish Gold" by Bond Elam "Ashfall" by Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg "Delivery" by Bud Sparhawk "The Narrative of More" by Tom Greene Poems "67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko" by G.O. Clark Departments Special Feature: "Plotting: How to Make the Unexpected Into the Inevitable" by Richard A. Lovett Science Fact: "Alien Altercations: Star-Spanning Wars" by Edward M. Lerner Science Fact: "Moving the Earth" by Robert Zubrin Guest Editorial: "Conspiracy Theories for Everybody" by Rosemary Clare Smith Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July 2015, Volume CXXXV No. 7 Trevor Quachri, editor Cover art by Tomislav Tikulin

39 review for Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2015

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    A pretty good selection of fiction in this issue. Here's how I rank the works from best to least-satisfying. 5-Star The Tarn by Rob Chilson If you loved Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories, then you've got to read this! Sleeping Dogs by Adam-Troy Castro An aging spy wants his freedom, but a face from his past has just turned up. Guns Don't Kill People by Jacob A. Boyd So what if your gun also had an AI and had a choice of not firing when you pulled the trigger? An excellent story with an ending that yo A pretty good selection of fiction in this issue. Here's how I rank the works from best to least-satisfying. 5-Star The Tarn by Rob Chilson If you loved Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories, then you've got to read this! Sleeping Dogs by Adam-Troy Castro An aging spy wants his freedom, but a face from his past has just turned up. Guns Don't Kill People by Jacob A. Boyd So what if your gun also had an AI and had a choice of not firing when you pulled the trigger? An excellent story with an ending that you'll have to think about. The Narrative of More by Tom Greene I really, really enjoyed this story! Imagine trying to herd cats, and how frustrated you'd become. Now imagine trying to work with the laziest group of people in existence - a group of beings that are completely uncooperative, and incapable of learning (and also not willing to learn). They can steal and lie, however. (Hmm... I wonder if this author has ever been a teacher in a middle years classroom.) 4-Star Delivery by Bud Sparhawk Ever wonder how helpful it would be if your household goods arrived when you needed them without the need for you to place an order? The Smell of Blood and Thunder by Liz J. Andersen The third story in her Interplanetary Veterinarian series, and very satisfying. Funny and smart, this looks like an interesting series to watch. In this story, Dr. Jesmuhr has to deal with a planet on which smartdogs and smartcats have a new sentient neighbor - the smartflea. 3-Star Cease and Desist (Probability Zero) by Jay Werkheiser Using a time-machine to go back in time? Might want to sue your younger self for some mistakes they made... Pincushion Pete by Ian Creasey A nice idea about a future involving medical patches that you apply to your nervous system to overcome IQ deficits, but I felt a bit disappointed by the fact that very little changed at the end. The character might as well have been a passenger in the story for all that he did to influence his present and future situation. 2-Star In the Mix by Arlan Andrews, Sr. An interesting idea, but tends to read as a bit of a "cautionary tale" about the future's lack of focus as electronics take over our world and we forget about books. Potential Side Effects May Include by Marissa Lingen & Alec Austin Again, a story with nice idea that seems to have so much more to offer than what is explored here. The story is fine, however, although the characters seem a bit unremarkable. Night Ride and Sunrise by Stanley Schmidt This is part 1 of a serial, and hopefully it gets better. It's starting out a bit like a clunker, however, with an annoying "secret" that nobody will reveal to the protagonist, and aliens that seem far too anthropomorphic in their thought patterns. Ashfall by Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg I guess this was okay, but it read like it was written by a high school student who really, really likes bees. (And who hates "McJobs", which are apparently a terrible thing.) 1-Star Dreams of Spanish Gold by Bond Elam If this is science fiction, then it's only got a tenuous link to whatever might make it SF. Breakfast in Bed by Ian Watson Not my type of story at all. The couple make for interesting characters, but that's the most I can say for this piece. Tumbling Dice by Ron Collins Again, not my type of story at all. I disliked the characters so much that my appreciation of the plot suffered.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Loyd

    July/August 2015 Analog I wasn't sure I was going to read the serial. I might skip it, or I might wait until I had all four issues. I read it, enjoyed it, and can wait for the next installment. Anyway, for me, it finished off a very good issue of Analog. 10 • Nightride and Sun Rise (part I) • 33 pages by Stanley Schmidt Excellent/VG. Phil led a few people through the gate to a new planet. He wanted to set up a stable society. Before long the fruitful followed and started being fruitful. Thankfull July/August 2015 Analog I wasn't sure I was going to read the serial. I might skip it, or I might wait until I had all four issues. I read it, enjoyed it, and can wait for the next installment. Anyway, for me, it finished off a very good issue of Analog. 10 • Nightride and Sun Rise (part I) • 33 pages by Stanley Schmidt Excellent/VG. Phil led a few people through the gate to a new planet. He wanted to set up a stable society. Before long the fruitful followed and started being fruitful. Thankfully the gate closed, but the damage was done and many of the original colonists moved to another continent to make a settlement. Phil hadn't given up on the original yet. 56 • The Smell of Blood and Thunder • 14 pages by Liz J. Andersen Good/VG. A veteranarian is requested for a mission to a planet inhabited by smart dogs, smart cats and smart fleas. 71 • Breakfast In Bed • 5 pages by Ian Watson Fair/Good. A man experiences a blip in reality and then he and his wife try to create one. 76 • Potential Side Effects May Include • 6 pages by Marissa Lingen, Alec Austin Good/vg. Regina is a test subject for an anti-anxiety treatment. 82 • In the Mix • 7 pages by Arlan Andrews OK/Good. The mix is a new medium for exchange of ideas. 91 • Guns Don't Kill People • 5 pages by Jacob A. Boyd Good/VG. Mixes in AI, cloning and more all packaged into a clever story. 96 • Pincushion Pete • 6 pages by Ian Creasey VG/Good. Pete is a high ranking officer in CAID, campaign against intellectual discrimination, who gets accused in the press of conflict of interest. 102 • The Tarn • 17 pages by Rob Chilson Very Good/excellent. The town arbiter wakes up from a nap to find everyone in town headed to the a sink hole looking for treasure. The mystery is why would someone start this rumor. 122 • Tumbling Dice • 10 pages by Ron Collins Very Good. I'm not a fan of gambling, but I liked the characters and story enough to push it up to VG. 132 • Dreams of Spanish Gold • 4 pages by Bond Elam Very Good. A robot sees a girl from afar and longs to be with her. Enough so that he manipulates his things so that he can date her. Not long after that he becomes jealous. 136 • Ashfall • 5 pages by Ed Vick, Manny Frishberg Good. A volcano eruption looks like it may interfere with Guthrie's bee pollinating business. 144 • Delivery • 2 pages by Bud Sparhawk Very Good. About the best you can get in a two page story. 148 • The Narrative of More • 10 pages by Tom Greene Very Good. Really fun to read. An academic lands on a planet inhabited by primitive tribes of humans. 158 • Sleeping Dogs • 27 pages by Adam-Troy Castro Wow, Very Good. Old John is a retired spy living on a backwater planet for the last 30 years. Always thinking that sometime his enemies are going to come for him. When he sees someone from his past life who professes coincidence, John doesn't know whether to believe him or wonder if they have come to get him. As the story unfolds we find out more about John and each bit of new evidence keeps us guessing about whether he's being hunted or not.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Benn Allen

    A very boring issue overall. The only real highlights in this issue were Ron Collins' "Tumbling Dice" and Adam-Troy Castro' "Sleeping Dogs". Unfortunately, both stories appear toward the end of the issue meaning one has to wade through several very bland and pedestrian tales. It's almost enough to make me want to quit buying "Analog". (Although I will buy the September, 2015 edition for the Norman Spinrad entry.) A very boring issue overall. The only real highlights in this issue were Ron Collins' "Tumbling Dice" and Adam-Troy Castro' "Sleeping Dogs". Unfortunately, both stories appear toward the end of the issue meaning one has to wade through several very bland and pedestrian tales. It's almost enough to make me want to quit buying "Analog". (Although I will buy the September, 2015 edition for the Norman Spinrad entry.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Timo

    A varied bunch of stories. A serial (which I haven’t started yet) takes a lot of space. The Smell of Blood and Thunder • novelette by Liz J. Andersen A veterinary doctor who works sometimes for interstellar community tries to settle a dispute between intelligent fleas, dogs and cats. Light and very stupid, not as good as the previous installments of the series. ***- Breakfast in Bed • shortstory by Ian Watson A man realizes that he slipped to an alternative reality or time stream as his arm isn’t o A varied bunch of stories. A serial (which I haven’t started yet) takes a lot of space. The Smell of Blood and Thunder • novelette by Liz J. Andersen A veterinary doctor who works sometimes for interstellar community tries to settle a dispute between intelligent fleas, dogs and cats. Light and very stupid, not as good as the previous installments of the series. ***- Breakfast in Bed • shortstory by Ian Watson A man realizes that he slipped to an alternative reality or time stream as his arm isn’t over the bedsheet but rather under it. And then he discusses that realization with his wife. In boring detail and confusing things happen. Another short and stupid non-story.**½ Potential Side Effects May Include • shortstory by Marissa Lingen and Alec Austin A young woman takes part in the study which studies ways to remove anxiety reactions. The treatment works very well, but some degree anxiety at some situations might be really usefully. At first she worries about it especially after a dangerous situation, but then decides not to feel too anxious about that. A pretty good and well-written story, which might have been longer. ***+ Guns Don't Kill People • shortstory by Jacob A. Boyd A very short story which involves guns, clones or something like that and some sort of inspection. A LOT of backstory and very hard to get into, I didn't get into it at all and didn't really get it.** Pincushion Pete • shortstory by Ian Creasey A man who works for rights of “intellectually challenged” is found to have many mental genetic engineering patches in his mind. It is alleged that his is addicted to patches and he must leave his job. But he certainly isn’t addicted; he can stop using the patches at any time. Or at least after he tries the latest one… ***+ The Narrative of More • shortstory by Tom Greene An anthropologist/ "missionary " studies a newly found planet which apparently was colonized by humans centuries ago. All humans who are left are gatherers who use hardly any tools and seem to be completely without any tendencies to co-operate any way. How could a human society work like that? The story is told by short portions of notes the anthropologist makes. A very good and interesting story. The protagonist should have seen what was coming. ****- The Tarn • novelette by Rob Chilson A village of apparent idiots starts to dig a nearby pond for valuable remnants of an earlier civilization on the basis of vague rumors. All characters add "ah", "heh" and other grunts to their speech, and so appear complete idiots - and also behave mostly in idiotic way. The writing is very flowery and irritating. Overlong and stupid story- which I didn't finish. * Tumbling Dice • shortstory by Ron Collins A man who can influence dice wines against a casino. He gets an offer he can’t refuse, meets an exotic woman and must make a decision. Structurally pretty interesting, but plot wise nothing unusual – but isn’t supposed to be. A pretty satisfying story nevertheless. *** Dreams of Spanish Gold • shortstory by Bond Elam A computer which apparently runs things impersonates a human and finally understands what it is to be human. A short – perhaps too short - , but well-written story. ***½ Sleeping Dogs • novella by Adam-Troy Castro A retired spy has been hiding on a backward planet for years fishing living “under the radar” spending his time fishing and living peaceful life. After he retired he was imprisoned for a while. One day the man who was responsible for his incarceration appears to the village. It can’t be a coincidence, or can it? A well-written story which seems to continue an earlier story. ( it appears this story was originally written as a sequel to the “Prisoner” TV-series, I can see the continuity even if some of the serial numbers has been filed away. A pretty nice story, but it is just a segment of a larger part and I really don’t get the logic of the main protagonist. Is he supposed to be insane at the end or does he just behave like it? ****- Ashfall • shortstory by Edd Vick and Manny Frishberg After a volcanic eruption bees are suffering, but a young computer hacking youngster teaches the robotic bees how to co-operate with the real bees. A very short story or rather a scene. Ok story as such, but it is just a setup. ***

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lee Pfahler

    Read the novella Sleeping Dogs.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Francis x

    one of the short stories is a worth reading. It called Deliver.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Ruskin

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Oswalt

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Piotr

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard A.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karl Forlev

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steelbound

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shady

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adriel

  20. 5 out of 5

    D Zambonini

  21. 5 out of 5

    Oliver

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rob Port

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deb Wilson

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    Craig

  25. 5 out of 5

    Klaids

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Wilson

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    Eric

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allan Emery

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    Zachary

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

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    Eri Cole

  32. 5 out of 5

    Adeline

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    Lloyd

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    Mark Catalfano

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    Paul Watson-Weavind

  36. 5 out of 5

    Ihor Kinal

  37. 4 out of 5

    Nate

  38. 4 out of 5

    Judy

  39. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

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