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 website 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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5 out of 5 stars
By William T. Katz on 24-05-03

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By DJ on 13-04-05

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.

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