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Analog, September/October 2017

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  • Started 9 months ago by Steve R.
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  1. Steve R.
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    The September/October 2017 issue just arrived. Reminds of just how far behind I am. I have barely read the July/August 2017 issue of Analog and have yet to post any comments on it.

    So far, I have just read the guest editorial by James Gunn, which raised a very interesting perception; that "visual" SF has different roots than "print" SF. Too bad that Gunn didn't have more writing space to explore the meaning of this in greater depth.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. Steve R.
    Member

    The cover art was very reminiscent in style of older Analogs.

    The "Science Fact" article: "The Quest for the 2:00 Marathon" by Richard A. Lovett was very intriguing. Enjoyed it.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. Steve R.
    Member

    Two interesting alien stories. "Invaders" by Stanley Schmidt and "Abductive Reasoning" by Christoper Bennett.

    Schmidt's story was very reminiscent of our August 21, 2017 solar eclipse trip. The story appeared keyed to that event and was probably written long before August. We had the same concerns with traffic, travel, motel rooms, and cloud cover. Didn't run across the aliens though. The main character, in retrospect, wondered whether the two minute event was worth all the work the trip entailed. My sentiments too. Still a tremendous event.

    Bennett's story was entertaining and humorous. The story had a refreshing twist and was an interesting update for what could have been a mundane "first" contact style story.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  4. digdug
    Member

    Just finished reading this issue.

    My favourite story was 'Orphans' by Craig DeLancey. Explorers land on an alien world. They get more problems than they bargained for.

    Edward Lerner's cover story was also quite enjoyable. Lemuel Gulliver is transported from the 17th century to the future with interesting results.

    There are a total of 17 stories in the issue and there was only one that I didn't truly enjoy. Robert Chase's 'The Absence' wasn't terrible but it didn't really work for me.

    Overall a very good issue.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  5. Steve R.
    Member

    Just finished "My Fifth and Most Exotic Voyage" by Edward M. Lerner. I found it to refreshing change to contemporary prose. Lerner is demonstrating an ability to use different writing techniques.

    Posted 8 months ago #

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