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Our May 2013 issue


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This month, our issue is made up of an interesting mix of fiction from newcomers and familiar favorites alike. Our lead story is “Not Close Enough,” by first-time Analog author Martin L. Shoemaker: the kind of motivation that would propel someone into space exploration isn’t necessarily easily
ignored once you’ve gotten there, even when your higher-ups might wish otherwise.

Regular fact-article contributor Richard A. Lovett provides us with one about a seminal science fictional concept: asteroid mining. Just how feasible is it, and what sorts of obstacles might we have to overcome to make it a reality? Recent Analog addition Patty Jansen returns to contribute a story
titled, “Geospermia,” and it’s joined by more fiction from old friends, like H.G. Stratmann’s “Prometheus,” Walter F. Cuirle’s “Enjoy the Fishing,” and David W. Goldman’s “Sentinel Chickens.”

Of course, we’ll also have Part II of Edward M. Lerner’s serial, Dark Secret, along with our usual assortment of columns and features.


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Nano-Suit Up!
R.J. Carey

Welcome to New York City, 2047—a landscape of decaying urban structures within a tropical rainforest. Sound like a fun place to stalk and kill vicious genocidal aliens or an evil corporation’s combat units? Then you’re in luck! In Crysis 3, you traverse this environment, called “The Liberty Dome,” as Laurence Barnes, the wearer of a high-tech nanosuit whose call sign is Prophet.
Review of Crysis 3
Interview with Crysis 3 writer, Steven Hall


Not Close Enough
By Martin L. Shoemaker
Art by John Allemand


The best-laid plans must take human nature into account. . . .

“Aw, hell, no!” That had been Bennie’s reaction  when he had first heard about the Tele Orbit Rendezvous plan. Others in the Corps had expressed less printable reactions.

But forty months later, TOR was the official NASA plan for Mars exploration; and so Commander Benjamin Cooper hung in his spaceship orbiting Mars, strapped in a harness in Control Bay 1 so the force feedback controls wouldn’t push him away, while a damned robot made its way through the thin Martian atmosphere to the surface.

“It makes perfect sense,” Lee Klein had explained in the Mission Planning auditorium. He had been forced to shout over the jeers from the Astronaut Corps, and then had to wait for the noise to settle. “It makes perfect sense. Getting you to Mars is the easy part. With what the transport companies have learned, it’s safe. It’s almost routine.

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The Alternate View by John G. Cramer
High-Z Helium: Is QED Failing?

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


SERIAL
Dark Secret, part II of IV by Edward M. Lerner

NOVELETTES
Not Close Enough by Martin L. Shoemaker

SHORT STORIES
Sentinel Chickens by David W. Goldman
Enjoy the Fishing by Walter F. Cuirle
Prometheus by H. G. Stratmann
Geospermia
by Patty Jansen

POEM
If We Are Alone by Mary A. Turzillo

SCIENCE FACT
The Golden Age Comes to Seattle: Is Asteroid Mining
Really Part of Our Near Future?
by Richard A. Lovett

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
Guest Editorial: Victory Lapse by Edward M. Lerner
In Times to Come
The Alternate View by John G. Cramer
T
he Reference Library by Don Sakers
Brass Tacks
Upcoming Events
by Anthony Lewis



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