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We start 2009 with the first “double” issue in our new format, with a strikingly dramatic cover by John Allemand for Rajnar Vajra’s novella “Doctor Alien,” which gives new meaning to the archaic term “alienist.” It’s hard enough for psychiatrists to help patients of their own species, for whom they have a pretty good idea of what is “normal.” But what is one to do when thrust into the life-or-death position of having to treat a motley collection of extraterrestrials, whose standards of normality are all over the map—and all quite unknown? The possibilities are, so to speak, mind-boggling. . . .

As usual, we take advantage of the extra space in a double issue to feature items that wouldn’t fit in a regular issue. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s January/February offering in this category is “The Recovery Man’s Bargain,” an offshoot of the “Retrieval Artist” series she started here some while back, but with a different kind of specialist—who has a lot to learn, not all of it comfortable.

Kevin Walsh returns with another of his fact articles exploring our rapidly expanding knowledge of what sorts of extrasolar planets are really out there. This one he calls “Neptune, Neptune, and Neptune . . . But Not Neptune,” examining a trio of discoveries which all have some similarity to one of “our guys”—but also plenty of differences from it, and from each other.

Rounding out the issue is a mixed bag of intriguing stories by Dave Creek, Edward M. Lerner, Richard Foss, Richard A. Lovett, and John G. Hemry—and, last but by no means least, Part 3 of Robert J. Sawyer’s Wake.

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Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

Doctor Alien
By Rajnar Vajra

Fixing an abnormality is hard enough when you know what's normal –– and a whole lot harder when you don't!

Illustration by John Allemand

Arthur C. Clarke Obituary

Paul Levinson interviews Stanley Schmidt

Jayge Carr Obituary

The Science Behind the Story: InterstellarNet
by Edward M. Lerner

The Science Behind the Story: Kremer's Limit
by C. Sanford Lowe & G. David Nordley

The Science Behind the Story: The Teller of Time
by Carl Frederick

The Science Behind the Story: Sun of Suns
by Karl Schroeder

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 Test
by Carl Frederick

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 Jeffery D. Kooistra
Energy Crisis Redux: A Polemic

The Reference Library
by Tom Easton
Reviews of books by
Harry Turtledove, Ben Bova, Damien Broderick, Naomi Novik, Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, among others.

Upcoming Events
by Anthony Lewis
Every month, Anthony keeps you up to date on what's going on in the world of science fiction.








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Serial
Wake (part III of IV)
by Robert J. Sawyer

Novellas
Doctor Alien
by Rajnar Vajra

The Recovery Man's Bargain
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Novelettes
Zheng He and the Dragon
by Dave Creek

To Leap the Highest Wall
by Richard Foss

Small Business
by Edward M. Lerner

Short Stories
Rocks
by John G. Hemry

Excellence
by Richard A. Lovett

Science Fact
Neptune, Neptune, Neptune…
But Not Neptune
by Kevin Walsh

Reader's Departments
The Editor's Page
In Times to Come
The Alternate View by Jeffery D. Kooistra
Guest Reference Library by Ian Randal Strock
Brass Tacks
2008 Index
Analytical Laboratory Ballot
U
pcoming Events by Anthony Lewis




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