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Old Science Fiction Magazine Reviews: Analog 1988/10: These magazines are great for subway rides. They fit in the pocket and each is good for about 2 round-trip rides. As a public service I'll be highlighting good but forgotten science fiction as I go through them. It's really a shame that this stuff isn't online.

Only one recommended story in this issue, but it's really good: Michael F. Flynn's "The Adventure of the Laughing Clone" is nasty noir with a good integration of character motivation and the sciencey bits, and a plot that's intricately tied up with the workings and layout of the New York transit system. The final twist wasn't hard to see coming but it was a great story.

"Sunstat" by Jerry Oltion and Lee Goodloe is okay and has some nostalgia value with its glasnost-era theme of international cooperation in space. I didn't read part III of "Proteus Unbound" by Charles Sheffield because it didn't sound good enough to read a chunk out of the middle of the story. I was initially intrigued by the unique "synopsis" format of the story, until I found that it was actually a synopsis of the previous two installments.

Letters section is pretty lightweight: "What do you suppose would happen if our political leaders... suddenly 'wised up' and dropped their petty ideological differences?" Yes, what if people "wised up" en masse and devoted themselves to becoming the Competent Man? Sounds like a good idea for a science fiction backstory or 700. Stanley Schmidt's editorial is better, with a topic of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier.

Review section reviews Portal: A Dataspace Retrieval, one of a few attempts to do IF written by professional authors, not to be confused with the modern Portal. No other works that sound familiar except in ads (how I missed you, book club ad trying to get me to buy Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials!). There's an ad for the Illuminati game and one for another Steve Jackson Games game called Isaac Asimov Presents: Star Traders. Honestly, I question how much work Isaac Asimov put into designing that game.


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