Monday, January 17, 2011

Mundanespotting Analog January/February 2011

Posted by frankh at 7:50 PM
Here is a big fat Analog, bursting with aliens and a very thin stew of mundane content.

1) "At Cross Purposes" by Juliette Wade -- alien contact from multiple viewpoints
2) "The Unfinished Man" by Dave Creek -- finding oneself on an alien planet
3) "A Snitch in Time" by Donald Moffitt -- time travel crime fighters
4) "Some of Them Closer" by Marissa Lingen -- interstellar terraformer copes with the loneliness of relativity; if one believes that multiple interstellar travels without ftl by someone with a recognizable lifespan is a practical hope in the recognizable future, then this is mundane; on a very generous day, or for a very good story, I could go that far, but not today, for this one
5) "Enigma" by Sean McMullen -- genetically modified human/animal hybrids explore an alien planet
6) "The First Conquest of Earth" by David W. Goldman -- alien invasion
7) "Out There" by Norman Spinrad -- meta short-short about interstellar travel; blatantly and refreshingly mundane (believe it or not)
8) "Stay" by Stephen L. Burns -- aliens put dogs in charge of the U. S. of A.
9) "Non-Native Species" by Janet Freeman -- aliens in the Outback
10) "The Frog Prince" by Michael F. Flynn -- space opera
11) "The First Day of Eternity" by Domingo Santos (translated by Stanley Schmidt) -- multigeneration interstellar space colonization by orthodox Jews in a giant super spaceship run by AIs; more interesting than it sounds, though probably much is lost in translation

That's it for the "SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE!" Stay tuned for the March 2011 edition.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's "about interstellar travel" how can it be "blatantly and refreshingly mundane"? I thought "mundane" was of this world.

1/19/2011 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe frankh has stretched the definition to include sf with "at least some basic physical reality," even if it is out of this world. Otherwise he could go months without spotting any mundane sf at all -- "science" fiction tends to have more of the escapism of Mary Baker Eddy than the naturalism of Marie Curie.

1/20/2011 07:06:00 AM  

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