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Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December, 2016

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Novellettes

PRODIGAL - Gord Sellar
BLACK ORBIT - Martin L. Shoemaker

Short Stories

LIKE THE DEADLY HANDS - Nisi Shawl
FERMI MEETS SAGAN - Robert Scherrer
JEWELS FROM THE SKY - Brenda DuBois
IN BOONKER'S ROOM - Eliot Fintushel
EVOLUTION - James C. Glass
SISTER: LOKI - Arlan Andrews, Sr.
CROWDFINDING - Eric James Stone
THE CONTINUING SAGA OF TOM CORBETT: SPACE CADET - James Van Pelt

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Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Dell Magazine
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"Prodigal" by Gord Sellar —
In the future, dogs can be genetically engineered for enhanced intelligence, and through some minor surgical enhancements enabled to develop something close to human speech. Benji, one such sentientized dog, chafes at being trapped between his animal kin and personhood, eventually becoming an animal rights radical. I thought this story was really interesting, though the storytelling seemed rather bland. The author may have intended it as a animal rights story, but I
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Tom LA
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great issue. Favorite stories: Gord Sellar's "Prodigal", "Jewells from the sky", "Crowdfinding". I also loved "Black orbit" for the structure and inventiveness.
Benn Allen
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the final issue of "Analog" - As a monthly title. Starting next month, with the January/February 2017 issue, "Analog", like "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction", becomes a bi-monthly title. And rather than go out with a bang, the final monthly issue is a mixed bag of stories, but overall, a fairly decent edition.

Story highlights are the cover novella, "Prodigal" by Gord Sellar, "Crowdfinding" by Eric James Stone (which isn't too far-fetched technologically. Really, that story
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John Loyd
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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8 • Prodigal • 14 pages by Gord Sellar
Good+. A childless couple have Benji sentientized (increased mental capacity and vocal changes so they can talk). They love their dog and we follow them along. They miraculously have a baby and start explaining things to Benji. Then there are external influences--TV shows for dogs, other sentietized dogs. I tried to read this vicariously and was a bit put off because it wasn't what I'd do. When I put more distance between me and the characters then enjoy th
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Timo
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
There were a lot of short stories in this issue, which is a pretty average one.

Prodigal • novelette by Gord Sellar
Dogs are being augmented for sentience and greater intelligence. A childless family gets a smart dog, but the wife gets pregnant soon after. The dog and the child first live as “siblings”, but then the dog starts to question certain things – like killing of the dogs in shelters. A fairly good story – the writing was okay. The radicalization of the dog was not portrayed well enough.
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Henry Bemis
Prodigal by Gord Sellar, 3.75 stars

Black Orbit by Robert Scherrer, 3.25 stars

Like the Deadly Hands by Nisi Shawl, 3 stars

Fermi Meets Sagan, 3.5 stars

Jewels from the Sky - 3 stars

In Boonker's Room by Eliot Fintushel, 3 stars

Evolution by James C, Glass, 2.5 stars

Crowdfunding - 3.5 stars

The Continuing Adventures of Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, 4 stars

Sister: Loki by Arlan Andrews - 2.5, Felt like the outline for a longer story
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