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Our April 2013 issue


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Don’t miss the thrilling first portion of Edward M. Lerner’s Dark Secret, in which his protagonists are fighting for the survival of not only themselves, but the entire human race. Also by Lerner is this month’s fact article, which takes a close look at what makes aliens alien in science fiction, and provides fascinating examples of what some leading authors have cooked up.

We also have two new novelettes from regular Analog contributors Carl Frederick and Kyle Kirkland, as well as a few short stories to round the issue out. These include “The Skeptic” by newcomer Jennifer Povey that takes a fresh twist on first contact you’re sure to enjoy.

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Jay Lake, the author of Asimov's October/November 2012 cover story, "The Stars Do Not Lie," is suffering from metastatic cancer of the colon, lung, and liver. Although Jay is now undergoing a fourth round of chemotherapy, the outlook does not seem very optimistic. Some of his friends have put together a fundraiser to collect money for a whole genome sequencing for Jay. This new technology offers a slim hope that it will uncover a "treatment path that Jay's doctors may not have considered." At the very least, Jay's sequence may "make a substantive contribution to science and the new field of clinical whole genome sequencing." We've provided a link to the fundraiser for anyone wishing to learn more about it or interested in making a donation.  Jay Lake Fundraiser

Sheila Williams
Trevor Quachri

Dark Secret
By Edward M. Lerner

Part I of IV

Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures—and allow little time to plan for them.

The wind howled.
Blake Westford crouched to the lee of the shuttle, struggling to maintain his grip on the not-yet-inflated shelter. Plastic sheeting billowed in the squall off the inland sea, and one by one the stones with which he had weighted the shelter’s corners rolled or bounced away. Every gust threatened to tear the flapping fabric from his hands. If it blew away, they would be sleeping in the cockpit.

“Almost there,” Rikki Westford shouted, her breather mask and the shriek of the wind muffling her words. The gale had stirred her long ponytail into one massive snarl. Two steel pegs had bent rather than penetrate the rock-hard ground. She was tying a guy rope to her third peg—and cursed as the wind once more whipped the rope from her hands. Finally, she got the line knotted. “That’s one.”. . .

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The Alternate View by Jeffery D. Kooistra
Where's My Flying Car?

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

The Science Behind the Story: The View from the Top
by Jerry Oltion


The Science Behind the Story: A Sound Basis of Misunderstanding
by Carl Frederick


The Science Behind the Story: To Climb A Flat Mountain
by G. David Nordley


The Science Behind the Story: Cavernauts
by David Bartell


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

Archive The Science Behind the Story

Analog Story Wins Highest Japanese SF Award

Arthur C. Clarke Obituary

Paul Levinson interviews Stanley Schmidt


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Dark Secret, part I of IV by Edward M. Lerner

NOVELETTES
The Lost Bloodhound Sonata by Carl Frederick
Altruism by Kyle Kirkland

SHORT STORIES
The Skeptic by Jennifer R. Povey
The Last Clone by Brad Aiken
Launch Window by Sarah Frost

SCIENCE FACT
Aliens Aliens: Beyond Rubber Suits by Edward M. Lerner

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
The Editor's Page
In Times to Come
The Alternate View by Jeffery D. Kooistra
T
he Reference Library by Don Sakers
Brass Tacks
Upcoming Events
by Anthony Lewis



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