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 In his earlier “InterstellarNet” stories here, Edward M. Lerner showed us a kind of interstellar contact more than a little different from what people usually imagine: a scenario in which civilizations born around different stars interact not face to face, but through “agents” dealing in, and created by, pure information. But what if that kind of relationship is eventually followed by face-to-face contact? You might think the prior exchanges would make it smoother and easier, but that isn’t necessarily so—especially if extraterrestrial species are as different and devious as humans. This month we begin serializing Lerner’s new novel, A New Order of Things, about just that situation—which turns out to be full of not only surprises and dangers, but also memorable characters cast from several decidedly alien molds.

Catherine Shaffer’s fact article, “The Terrestrial Search for Extraterrestrial Life,” will help keep your imagination limber by examining the surprising diversity of alien lifeforms found in unlikely parts of our own planet, which gives us clues about how much wider the range might be elsewhere. We also have “The Scarlet Band,” a new tale of Harry Turtledove’s “geologically-based-Atlantis” alternate history (and incidentally a sort of Sherlock Holmes pastiche), and new stories by Rob Chilson, Jerry Oltion, and Geoffrey A. Landis.

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A New Order of Things (part I of IV)
by Edward M. Lerner

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."

—Niccolò Machiavelli

Illustrated by John Allemand
The Science Behind the Story: Sun of Suns
by Karl Schoeder

The Science Behind the Story: The Science of Old Earth
by Stephen Baxter

The Science Behind the Story: Lighthouse
by Michael Shara

The Science Behind the Story: The Skeekit-Woogle
by Carl Frderick

The Science Behind the Story: The Speed of Understanding
by Susan Urbanek Linville

The Science Behind the Story
by Carl Frederick

The Alternate View by John G. Camer
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A New Order of Things
by Edward M. Lerner

The Scarlet Band
by Harry Turtledove

Farmers In the Sky
by Rob Chilson

Short Stories
Lazy Taekos
by Geoffrey A. Landis

Slide Show
by Jerry Oltion

Science Fact
by Catherine Shaffer

Apologies to the Dead
by Wil McCarthy

Reader's Departments
The Editor's Page
In Times to Come

The Alternate View
by John G. Cramer
BIOLOG:Catherine Shaffer by Richard A. Lovett
The Reference Library by Tom Easton
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pcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

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