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Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2014

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Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2014, Volume CXXXIV No. 6
Trevor Quachri, editor
Cover art by Dominic Harman

"The Journeyman: In the Stonehouse" by Michael F. Flynn
"The Homecoming" by J.T. Sharrah

Short Stories
"Field of Gravity" by Jay Werkheiser
"The Region of Jennifer" by Tony Ballantyne
"Survivors" by Ron Collins
"A Star to Steer By" by Jennifer R. Povey
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published March 28th 2014 by Dell Magazines

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Jun 22, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
A very good issue of Analog after some disappointing months. The nonfiction this issue includes an informative feature by Edward Lerner on the paranormal that overviews the history of the subject as explored seriously both in science fiction and in reality, and provides some ideas on how our current understanding of physical reality, particularly on the quantum level, could conceivably allow for certain paranormal phenomena in theory. Though as Lerner points out, there is little evidence to back ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Trish rated it it was ok
Note: The rating/review is only for the Hugo nominated story The Journeyman: In the Stone House

I have to say, I wasn't impressed. You come in in the middle of the story (there's a previous novella about the same characters), which doesn't help in trying to connect with the characters or understand how the world. And to be honest, I got successively annoyed every time the only female character of note was called "the princesss" rather than by her actual name (which is mentioned maybe twice), whe
Artur Coelho
Jun 07, 2014 Artur Coelho rated it liked it
"Field of Gravity" by Jay Werkheiser - Se se é apreciador do imaginar de desportos futuros,vertente pouco explorada por autores de FC mais amantes dos prazeres intelectuais do que corporais, este é um conto interessante. Se não, tem o seu quê de interesse com a descrição de uma modalidade futura de futebol americano onde os campos contam com geradores de gravidade e modificar a força de gravidade faz parte das estratégias de jogo. Se se gostar de futebol americano percebe-se a dinâmica do conto, ...more
Joe Martin
Two short stories and one essay stood out to me, in this issue.

Field of Gravity by Jay Werkheiser— This is a tale of one possible future for American football. Hundreds of gravity generators are embedded in each field, allowing coaches to dial the gravity up or down for specific plays. Coaches can use their energy budget to offset the gravity changes of the opposing coach, adding an additional level of strategy to the game. It was a clever concept and I enjoyed the execution.

The Region of Jen
Mar 28, 2014 G33z3r rated it liked it
A good enough issue.

"Field of Gravity" was interesting for being a rare sci-fi sports story, future football with artificial gravity control (and injury-protecting suits) thrown in. I wonder if anyone but Americans know what "cover 2" is?

"A Star to Steer By" is a spacefaring sci-fi with a sentient spaceship. (Between Leckie & de Bodard, there's a lot of that going around these days.) Anyway, it's a nice story.

"Survivors" gives us aliens stranded on earth, secretly. A good story.

"The Region o
Benn Allen
Mar 29, 2014 Benn Allen rated it really liked it
Overall, a strong, solid issue with only a couple of clunkers. For instance, "The Region of Jennifer" wasn't all that great and is probably the weakest tale in the magazine. And while "The Journeyman: In the Stone House" was actually quite humorous, it is otherwise not really something that stands out much.

"Field of Gravity", "The Homecoming", "Survivors" and "A Star to Steer By" are the issue's highlights. Good, strong fascinating tales.

There was one oddity this month: Two of the essays (well,
Norman Cook
2015 Hugo Novelette Nominee: "The Journeyman: In the Stone House" by Michael F. Flynn. 17 pages.

As the second chapter of a book, starting without a clear introduction and ending without a resolution, this had the seeds of something possibly interesting, but I couldn't get past the horrible dialog. The protagonist talked like TV's Tonto, and continually used "babe" to address a woman. I got the feeling that some of this was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, but it didn't come across that way.

Joanne G.
Apr 07, 2015 Joanne G. rated it liked it
"The Journeyman: In the Stone House" by Michael F. Flynn
Teodorq flees across the plains eluding a sentence of death. He and his companion, Sammi, are captured by an opposing faction and pressed into military service. In their travels, they had encountered a shuttle with a recorded message seeking assistance in locating "starman towns." With their new military assignments, Teodorq and Sammi plan to continue the search along the way.

Just as the story begins, it ends. I liked the characters and wou
May 26, 2015 A.J. rated it liked it
Shelves: hugos-2015
Read for the 2015 Hugos - story The Journeyman: In the Stone House

I feel like I just read chapter two in a much bigger book. The two main characters have appeared together in at least one story before this one (which I haven't read, but now think it might be interesting). Then the story ends without much resolution. Actually, the main conflict of this story is started and resolved, but much bigger things are started and not resolved. Those bigger plot points seemed much more interesting to me t
2015 Hugo Novelette Nominee: The Journeyman by Michael F. Flynn. Ugh, the dialect: "Sammi take back what he say" and the use of "babe" to address a woman. I feel like I'm reading about the Lone Ranger and Tonto and not at all in a good way. Nope, nope, nope. 1 star.
May 27, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-f, 2015-hugos
Read Journeyman in the Stone House. Like the other Hugo nominated short works I've read so far, this feels like the middle part of a story, and I don't really care to read the beginning or the red. Nice banter.
Lee Pfahler
Apr 30, 2014 Lee Pfahler rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I read the Michael Flynn and the Bud Sparhawk stories. Both were quite good. The Flynn story was a bit hard to follow due to his attempt at giving the characters an unusual dialect as they are speaking, but I could still follow it alright.
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