Analog Science Fiction And Fact, July/August 2013 by Trevor Quachri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good double issue. I found the conclusion the Dark Secret by Edward M Lerner quite satisfactory and overall really enjoyed this serial. The ending contains a little surprise which the author is hopefully open to explore further.
There are two other real stand-out stories, the first is Brad Torgersen’s novella “The Chaplain’s Legacy", a sequel to his popular short story “The Chaplain’s Assistant” from the September 2011 issue of Analog. This story is an interesting tale of a man's attempts to reach out to and placate a hostile alien species who would love nothing more than to wipe the human race from the galaxy. It's a really good read with a good mixture of action and dialogue.
The second is the cover story “Thaw” by Arlan Andrews, Sr. This story takes place in a setting that initially may not seem very science fiction, but overriding the story is something more, and this makes it quite interesting. I wonder if there is more to come from this story. I hope so.
Typically good stuff.
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