THE ANALYTICAL LAVORATORY
by JACK HARNESS
The Anlav, reviews scheduled, for the last two issues were, unfortunately, squeezed out due to space limitations. I don't intend, however to make the Anlav a quarterly feature; hence, in this issue, In Times to Come was nudged out instead. Here are the scores for the August issue
1. HOLE IN THE SOCK ...Aldous Humpfingle 1.12
2. ROAST BEEF, MASHED POTATOES.. ...Alice McNuffy 1.35
3. WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS ...Tolliver Q. J. Mates 3.24
4. THE POOL ...Isick Asimov 4.49
5. DITTO ...H. G. Pyfe 5.87
6. ARRIVAL ...Robert A. Finehind 5.89
Which goes to show that new stories, such as the first three above, frequently have high ratings, and that new authors such as Humpfingle, Mates, and McNuffy, often compare favorably with the masters. Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes..., by the way, received several first place votes; but on the whole you preferred the cool logic in Hole in The sock to the emotional appeal of Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, wherein McNuffy gave a graphic portrayal of a mouse building its nest in a complex cybernetic machine, and showed in detail what would then happen if the current were turned on -- especially to the mouse. She stacked up with the masters in that story!
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The rating of the September issue was as follows:
1. "GALLOP" ...Maxwell Francis Gunk 1.42
2. HOMECOMING ...R. N. Jenkens-Smythe 2.06
3. THE COOL BREEZE ...el Craig de Stomp 3.87
4. NONFUTURITY (part 1) ...Clifford Smack 3.88
Craig, incidentally, had requested an advance look at the September scores, in order to see if you prefered non-Viagens stories. When he saw the rating of Cool Breeze, he decided to work on two more long "Krishna" novels he'd mentioned a while back... Watch for them.
I'm not certain why so many of you readers thought Willie Ley's article, Meteors, was more "Thiotimeolining". All that data was carefully checked and found to be accurate. I assure you meteors do exist. But there may be another article on cork legs for swimmers, since that accompanying article was so well liked....
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The November ratings broke down thus:
1. FIREBREAK ...Patrick Spens, Jr. 1.00
2. THE LAND, THE PRIDE ...D. Cordova 2.00
3. ADVENT ...John Lucian Schwarz 3.00
4. NONFUTURITY (part 2) ...Clifford Smack 4.00
5. "WITH HOT GRAVY.." ...Alice McNuffy 5.00
The above results may not be too accurate; a Street & Smith copyboy (who, I assure you, knew the math to compute the Anlav) misunderstood the nature of his assignment and turned the wrong switch -- all that mail down the drain! I was literally flushed... But the above is from a letter that arrived later and so could be included. Personally, I thought McNuffy had a very ''tasty" story. Smack's serial maintains the level part one reached in the last issue.
Coming up is another McNuffy story -- very probably she's created one of the most interesting series we've had in a long time. This yarn "...and a Cold Bottle of Beer", elaborates on the three ways a calculating machine, built to remember and to formulate generalized abstracts of experience, can repulse a second attack from mice -- all off which fail; then follows an intriguing breakdown account of the machine's shame when a cat puts in a suprise appearance. She has a story to tell!
About the balance of the series; she hinted recently that now she intends to use real rats. Incidentally, she isn't a cybernetics engineer as so many guessed - considering the wealth of machinery detail. She's helped out there by her mother, who's a stenographer for IBM.
- The Editor
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