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The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine | [Michael Swanwick, Adam-Troy Castro, Jerry Oltion, Stephen Baxter, Pat Forde]

The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine

Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine has provided four edgy stories about heroism, each exploring emotional dimensions uncommon in this or any other genre.
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Publisher's Summary

Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine has provided four edgy stories about heroism, each exploring emotional dimensions uncommon in this or any other genre. The collection is edited by Stanley Schmidt.

"Slow Life" by 2002 Hugo winner Michael Swanwick is a colorful tale of exotic adventure and alien life on Titan.

Nebula Award finalist "The Astronaut from Wyoming" by Adam-Troy Castro and Jerry Oltion is about a boy with a birth defect that makes him look like a tabloid alien, but who nevertheless wants to be an astronaut.

Stephen Baxter's "The Hunters of Pangaea" takes us back to the Jurassic era and into the minds of a species of intelligent dinosaur.

Pat Forde's "In Spirit" is the ultimate 9/11 story, drawing lessons about our humanity from the stuff of tragedy. The story has elicited much commentary in Analog's Web site forum, with many readers concluding that it is one of the most powerful stories of any type they have ever read.

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    William T. Katz Ashburn, VA USA 05-24-03
    William T. Katz Ashburn, VA USA 05-24-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Highly entertaining"

    This is a wonderful collection of short stories that riveted my wife and I during a car trip along the East Coast. As mentioned by another reviewer, "The Astronaut From Wyoming", is worth the price of this collection: deep, vivid characters; occasionally emotional and hilarious prose in a near-present time setting.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    D Jones Alexandria, VA, USA 04-13-05
    D Jones Alexandria, VA, USA 04-13-05 Member Since 2004

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    "This is one of the best!"

    Excellent and varied stories, great readers and audio quality, gripping science fiction. No fluff in this collection. I've found these medium length stories to be perfect for my iPod listening. I was moved and emotionally drained by the gut-wrenching 9/11 story of one man's redemption and final understanding. Perhaps because I was at the Pentagon when it was struck on the morning of 9/11. Highly recommended listening for any fan of good fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    01-02-09
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    "2 great stories"

    Especially two stories made a profound impression on me:
    ;The astronaut from Wyoming; with a message about how stupidity in the media and religious fanatics can make scientific discoveries and progress very hard.
    ;in spirit; is a beautiful novel which actually made tears to my eyes (not very difficult) shows some promise and hope for mankind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Granger, IN, USA 07-02-07
    Jason Granger, IN, USA 07-02-07
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    "Outstanding"

    All of the stories in this series are worth the purchase, but "The Cowboy from Wyoming" is one that I will always remember. What a great short about being tolerant of others' differences and not judging by appearance. The narrators are obviously professionally trained, and the sound quality of this program was superb. You can't go wrong with this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 11-27-04
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 11-27-04 Member Since 2002
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    "great collection"

    This was a good collection, but the last story really stands out, and the narrator, Stefan Rudnicki, was wonderful. I will be looking for more of his work.

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    Elizabeth Green Lane, PA, USA 11-26-03
    Elizabeth Green Lane, PA, USA 11-26-03
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    "Very nice."

    I'm a short story fan and these were, of course, the best.

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    C. Paget London 06-20-05
    C. Paget London 06-20-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Phew!"

    Wonderful, superb, please give us more, Mr Audible. Why not add it as a monthly subscription????? I have missed reading Analog for the past 10 years since eye problems stopped my 20 odd year subscription, so this was a like a breath of mountain air for me. To all free thinkers I can't recommend it highly enough, and I recommend it even higher to the rest!

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    William Tupelo, MS, United States 01-10-05
    William Tupelo, MS, United States 01-10-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointing"

    I love collections of science fiction short stories, even if they aren't the greatest stories, they are one of my favorite things to read or listen to. Even so, I did not find this collection very entertaining. The "Astronaut from Wyoming" is an average story, worth killing some time with while commuting. The story about 9/11 brought up some emotions, but there wasn't much of anything to it. After listening to the other two stories in the collection, I felt as if I'd rather have rolled the window down and listened to the wind, I just couldn't find anything entertaining or original about either one of them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-03-11
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-03-11 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Decent collection of stories"

    I like 3 out of 4 of them very much--the 9/11 story at the end was incredibly sappy and naive, but the other three were good, especially "The Astronaut from Wyoming". Definitely not "hard" science fiction, much more like gentle human-interest fiction.

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    David Advance, NC, United States 05-08-07
    David Advance, NC, United States 05-08-07
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    "Below average"

    I would say that stories 1 & 3 were good, 4 was average, and 2 was horrible enough for me to regret this purchase.

    The Astronaut from Wyoming is horrible. Long, dragged out, preachy, everything good sci-fi short stories shouldn't be. Listen to the last 15 minutes if you must listen to it at all. Try to ignore the reader's (purposeful?) mispronoucation of NASA as "Nassau".

    On the other hand, "Slow Life" and the dinosaur stories were good, and the 9/11 one wasn't bad.

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