Analog January-February 2005Posted by frankh at 7:21 PM
This is based on the fictionwise etext which was released at the end of November.
1) Serial (1 of 3): "The Stonehenge Gate" by Jack Williamson [Cover Story] -- potentially mundane but too long to bother checking out without more information--the title and cover are not at all promising
2) Novella: "Uncreated Night and Strange Shadows" by James Gunn -- interstellar space story
3) Novella: "A Few Good Men" by Richard A. Lovett -- time travel
4) Novelette: "The Supersonic Zeppelin" by Ben Bova -- humorous story about corporate engineering and D.C. politics; mundane
5) Novella: "Mars Opposition" by David Brin -- aliens
6) Short Story: "Seventy-Five Years" by Michael A. Burstein -- 21st century politics in D.C. intersects with science; mundane
7) Short Story: "Rough Draft" by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta -- about sf writing and alternate timelines or something like that; presumed fantastic
8) Short Story: "Nova Terra" by Jeffery D. Kooistra -- conventional sociological engineering story with mild intrigue; mundane
I read the three stories highlighted, and consider them all mundane. The dropoff in literary quality from Asimov's is rather painful, but the "down to earth" quality is also refreshing. For a double issue it's not much to get excited about, and I don't really recommend any of the stories. However, if I picked one it would probably be the Bova because it's the best writing and since I'm generally intolerant of written humor it probably wasn't all that bad (though the story eventually falls flat).