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OUR SEPTEMBER 2011 ISSUE

Our September issue offers an uncommonly wide variety of stories, including two unusual novelettes: one by a well-established Analog favorite; and one by a writer new to these pages and almost new to science fiction writing, but promising to attract plenty of attention. You already know you can count on Carl Frederick to come up with some of the strangest, most original ideas around, and he’s certainly done it again in “Helix of Friends.” (I’ll leave you to speculate on what the title means.) Gray Rinehart isn’t really new to SF—he’s worked for Baen Books in an editorial capacity for some time—but I believe he’d published just one story of his own before ours, a mere few months earlier. And he’s managed to overcome one of my standing biases: “psi” stories were so overworked in past years that our readers tend to resist new ones unless they bring something very fresh and unique to the concept—and “Therapeutic Mathematics and the Physics of Curve Balls” does just that.
          In the science fact area, we all know about the “Ring of Fire,” the band of frequent seismic activity surrounding the Pacific Ocean—but once in a while we hear disturbing references to the threat of a massively destructive earthquake in an area not normally associated with them. After all there was a dilly 200 years ago, centered near New Madrid, Missouri. Are we due for another? Richard A. Lovett takes a critical look at the prospects.
          And, of course, we have several short stories and Part 3 of Edward M. Lerner’s all too timely serial Energized.


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Eight Miles by Sean McMullen
That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made by Eric James Stone


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"phantom sense" by Richard A. Lovett & Mark Niemann-Ross

Iíve never understood how it could be stalking if all youíre trying to do is keep her safe. I just want to be a good father. Make up for all those years of being AWOL because CI-MEMS is a full-time job. You canít be a father and CI-MEMS. That is, you can be one...
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As of 11 AM Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, February 22, Analog will accept--and prefer--submissions in electronic form. Electronic submissions will be accepted through http://analog.magazinesubmissions.com, where full instructions can be found.

Please note that while we welcome electronic submissions, they must be made through the designated website, and not as attachments to regular e-mail.

If you have a print copy of your story currently under consideration, please do not resubmit the story electronically. I will respond to those stories via the traditional SASE.

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Therapeutic Mathematics and the Physics of Curve Balls
by Gray Rinehart

Those who don’t fit standard pigeonholes must make their own. . . .

Joey sat in his glass display case, wearing his overlarge uniform, doing statistical analysis in his head to keep from invading the spectators’ thoughts. With the show currently in south Arkansas, he wore a hand-me-down St. Louis Cardinals jersey and pinstripe pants that reached almost to his cheap cleats. The woolen sleeves itched his arms, and his eyes watered at the acrid residue of whatever they had used to wash the shirt.
Dust kicked up from the crowd’s feet clouded the view through the sawdust-strewn tent. On the thigh-high stage at the far end, Hector juggled some knives to warm up for his act. Around the periphery, the other freaks sat in their own glassed-in cages: Big Barbara in her enormous booth, Mabel and Perry in their booths the same size as Joey’s.
At this distance, under the tinted lights, Mabel’s beard looked almost as full and thick as the sideshow handbill pictures. Joey cringed a little at the thought of how prickly her whiskers felt whenever she kissed him on the cheek. ...

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SERIAL
ENERGIZED, PART III OF IV
by Edward M. Lerner

NOVELETTES
THERAPEUTIC MATHEMATICS AND THE
PHYSICS OF CURVE BALLS

by Gray Rinehart

HELIX OF FRIENDS
by Carl Frederick

SHORT STORIES
HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT
by Emily Mah

THE CHAPLAIN’S ASSISTANT
by Brad R. Torgersen

ASTEROID MONTE
by Craig DeLancey

SCIENCE FACT
SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL: IS MISSOURI REALLY AMERICA’S MOST DANGEROUS EARTHQUAKE ZONE?
by Richard A. Lovett

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The Alternate View
by Jeffery D. Kooistra

The Reference Library
by Don Sakers

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In Times to Come

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