‘A Place to Stand On’ Short Review

A Place to Stand On is an action-adventure sci-fi story set on Venus, high above the tumultuous landscape of the deadly planet. We see a climber intent on fixing a hole in and inflatable city slowing coming together far above the surface. As the balloons sink, the weather becomes more unstable, threatening Hortensia and her…

‘All the Smells in the World’ Short Review

All the Smells in the World is a fascinating and unsettling portrayal of a virtual reality enhancement gone wrong. The author takes an employee of a tech startup and puts them in the middle of an attempt to insert smell into virtual reality. It’s a concept frequently discussed but seemingly impossible to master. The company…

‘Soft We Wake’ Short Review

Soft We Wake features an expertly crafted story of the future, showing a woman trying to come to terms with her new reality. Imagine lying down in a pod, preparing to be woken up a few decades from now, only to be delayed by centuries or a millennia. It’s a thought that’s both exciting and…

‘The End of Lunar Hens’ Short Review

The End of Lunar Hens is a hard-science look at the dilemma of creating enough food in a lunar environment. Hutchins adds a comical feel to the piece, detailing the various struggles with trying to create food when a shipment from Earth isn’t an option. The title indicates the beginning of the project’s downfall, namely…

‘Temple of Children’ Short Review

Temple of Children takes a different approach to displaying alien culture, focusing primarily on the traditions of raising children and how they differ between humans and an alien race. The writing is strong, and the attention to detail makes the story an engaging read.  We take the human growth period for granted, assuming all children…

Trapezium (Short Review)

Trapezium presents a puzzle in the form of three humans, an AI-adjacent being, and a race to discover a weapon capable of controlling him. It’s funny and thought-provoking, showing us interconnected worlds that are getting closer to understanding the mysteries of the universe. TRAPEZIUM Tony Ballantyne Analog Science Fact & Fiction, September/October 2018 Issue STORY…

Off-Road (Short Review)

Off-Road is a great day-in-the-life of two men working on Mars, trying to make it to the end of the shift. Lang’s narrative is filled with humorous banter and near-death experiences as the characters traverse the martian landscape. There’s a lot going on in this future, and it was fun to tag along for the ride….

Nevertheless (Short Review)

Nevertheless is an underdog story at its best, showing a misjudged woman overcoming obstacles to succeed. It’s a day-in-the-life of a spaceship that quickly becomes a struggle to survive. Rubio has written an admirable character who shines bright. NEVERTHELESS Elizabeth Rubio Analog Science Fact & Fiction, September/October 2018 Issue STORY Nevertheless shows the inner workings…

Shepherd Moon (Short Review)

Shepherd Moon is an exhilarating sprint of a story, taking us into orbit and exploding us back to Earth. It’s a tale of the basics of spaceflight, the tragedy of a lost astronaut, and the difficulties of coming to terms with your past. Mohamed presents a well-written journey in a future where humanity is on…