Impetus (Short Review)

Impetus is a rollercoaster of emotions, combining the thrill of racing with the struggles of poverty and loss. Landry presents a strong, even-paced narrative that will make you feel excited and sad at the circumstances this family has to overcome. All-in-all, it’s an effortless bit of writing, showing us a future where struggle is all…

Optimizing the Verified Good (Short Review)

Optimizing the Verified Good is the Norma Rae of robot stories, plain and simple. Seiberg is an expert at talking in a robot voice, showing us the thought processes of these AIs as they begin to comprehend the world around them. Bravo on a well-done, engaging robot short story. OPTIMIZING THE VERIFIED GOOD Effie Seiberg…

The Unnecessary Parts of the Story (Short Review)

The Unnecessary Parts of the Story is a hilariously crafted recount of the many tropes thrown into infection-based speculative fiction. In all honesty, this story could act as a textbook on what to expect when trudging through any number of novels, stories and movies that involve some kind of foreign pathogen. Castro has great comedic…

The Pendant Lens (Short Review)

The Pendant Lens is a speculative tale featuring strong characters placed in precarious positions within the tempestuous climate of revolution-era France. The featured technology is mysterious and fascinating, hinting at a group of people who might know more about the future than they’re letting on. THE PENDANT LENS Sean McMullen Analog Science Fact & Fiction,…

It Came from the Coffee Maker (Analog Shorts)

It Came from the Coffee Maker is absolutely hilarious, definitely the funniest science fiction short story I’ve read this year. Who knew that a sentient appliance could hold the machinations for controlling the world in between boiling water and ordering coffee beans? IT CAME FROM THE COFFEE MAKER Martin L. Shoemaker Analog Science Fiction & Fact,…

When the Rain Comes (Analog Shorts)

When the Rain Comes is a quick story following the daily routine of a worker plotting data from an environmentally ravaged world. Collins mixes mundanity with tragedy, expertly propelling us toward an ominous ending. WHEN THE RAIN COMES Ron Collins Analog Science Fiction & Fact, September-October 2018 Issue STORY When the Rain Comes is a bleak…

A Surprise Beginning (Analog Shorts)

A Surprise Beginning is a time travel tale without the dystopia, imagining a future where the world doesn’t end in a burning mess. Benford gives a gleaming version of reality, complete with technologies we can only dream of. It’s well written with hard science, black hole theory, and a surprisingly down-to-earth narrative. A SURPRISE BEGINNING…

Here’s Looking at You, Cud (Analog Shorts)

There’s just something about Here’s Looking at You, Cud that I really loved. The author takes the tropes from movies like Casablanca and plays them out masterfully in a future setting. When the drama is over beef, it adds a comical aspect to the story, while still keeping that heartache and deep reminiscence alive. HERE’S…

The People v. Craig Morrison (Analog Shorts)

The People v. Craig Morrison is an engaging story featuring a future world where human-driven cars are becoming a thing of the past. The authors have created a multi-layered, well-rendered character in Craig Morrison, taking care to show his struggles with PTSD and his connection to a car that means the world to him. THE…

A Simple Question (Analog Shorts)

A Simple Question is a quick zombie tale without the blood and mayhem. Dikeman follows two interns — one of them a total tool — as they attempt to survive an experiment gone wrong. As far as zombie scenarios go, this feels like a more realistic telling than most, with believable characters and a well-structured story….