Our January/February 2005 double issue marks a big milestone for Analog: the 75th anniversary of its founding as Astounding. We have a particularly fitting way to start it off: with the first part of The Stonehenge Gate, a new serial by Jack Williamson. Jacks personal history is literally astounding: his life has run from covered wagons to computers, and his work has appeared in this magazine in every one of the eight decades of its existence. At 96 hes still going strong, and The Stonehenge Gate offers a heady blend of old-fashioned sense of wonder and cutting-edge science, ably illustrated by Vincent Di Fate.
We also have stories and articles by a wide range of authors both old and new, including James Gunn (the conclusion of his Gift from the Stars series), former editor Ben Bova, David Brin, Richard A. Lovett, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Jeffery D. Kooistra, and Michael A. Burstein, while Thomas Donaldsons fact article looks at some new angles on the prospects for extraterrestrial life.