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Analog Science Fiction and Fact July/August 2019 (Vol 139, Nos. 7 & 8)

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10 • Vault • 24 pages by Robert R. Chase
42 • The Quality of Mercy • 17 pages by Catherine Wells
59 • Shooting Stars • 7 pages by Tom Jolly
66 • A Life in Particle Archaeology • 6 pages by John J. Vester
72 • Sailors of the Second Sun • 6 pages by David L. Clements
78 • Labor-Saving Relations • 4 pages by Buzz Dixon
85 • The Babbage Tour • 5 pages by Leo Vladimirsky
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Published June 2019 by Dell Magazines (first published 2019)
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I liked a lot of this one.

"Vault" by Robert R. Chase
Very engaging story of a scientific research ship sent to investigate a star with an anomalous trajectory through the galaxy. Held my interest throughout. ****

"The Slipway by Greg Egan
Egan gives an old school hard-SF tour de force down under as a visible anomaly appears in the sky. No it's not an alien invasion; way cooler. He had me drawing pictures. ****

"Portle" by Robert Scherrer
I really enjoyed this story of a child afraid to use the
D Dyer
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This issue featured some genuinely fantastic short stories. “Uncommon” explores the idea that today’s hindrances may prove insurmountable or at least unbearable in the future. “All tomorrow’s parties” deals with authenticity and time travel and features a distinctly disengaged narrative voice. “The quality of mercy” has an impressive slow build of a relationship between A scientist setting up to study a primitive species and the security guard she’s hired as an aid.
But one of my favorite stories
John Loyd
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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10 • Vault • 24 pages by Robert R. Chase
Good+. Dr. Chaz is the required alien contact specialist on the mission to investigate a star with a peculiar/unnatural orbit. Also aboard the Percival Lowell are three officers, three engineers and three astronomers. Chaz is unexpectedly needed when they find a pyramid on the planet that doesn't fit their theory of how Kdev got into it's orbit.

42 • The Quality of Mercy • 17 pages by Catherine Wells
Good/VG. Jezzaida is going to be studying the life on a
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Pretty varied bunch of stories: some pretty good, but many which were less so.

Vault • novelette by Robert R. Chase
A spaceship is sent to study a planet that is orbiting a star with a very unusual trajectory. The premise isn’t bad, although not unusual, but the writing wasn’t very good. I have never seen such an amount of “As you know, Bob” style of exposition where the crew members discuss things that should be totally obvious to all involved. The main protagonist also has long expository
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating the stories in this issue:

A (excellent)

Shooting Stars by Tom Jolly
Labor Saving Relations by Buzz Dixon
Finnegan, Bring the Pain by Joe M. McDermott
The Eyes of Alton Arnhauser by Nick Wolven

B (very good)

EDITORIAL: A Conspiracy of Dunces by Trevor Quachri
Vault by Robert R. Chase
The Babbage Tour by Leo Vladimirsky
Portle by Robert Scherrer
Monarch of the Feast by Paul Di Filippo
Uncommon by Leah Cypess
Captain Zack & the Data Raiders by Steve Rasnic Tem

C (average)

The Quality of Mercy by
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
All of these stories were thoroughly entertaining. But the standouts for me: Tom Jolly's "Shooting Stars", a detective story w/ a twist and a protagonist I would like to see more of. And "All Tomorrow's Parties" by Phoebe North. This story really got me to ponder the long term impacts of time travel in a way I haven't thought about before. This issue also includes two wonderful poems, and a timely science fact article about NASA. One thing I can say about Analog is that this magazine offers A ...more
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