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Our December 2013 issue

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Our December issue leads off with the first part of a new Karl Schroeder serial, Lockstep. Like Karl’s previous appearances in the pages of Analog—Sun of Suns and Queen of CandesceLockstep is a fast-paced adventure set in one of the most imaginative settings you’re likely to come across—you probably haven’t seen a stellar empire quite like this before. But it takes power of all kinds to create empires, and those who have that sort of power don’t take kindly to anyone they see as a threat to it.

Our fact article, “Homesteading to the Stars,” by Arlan Andrews, Sr., is a variation on a presentation he gave at a NASA symposium: when explorers one day head out to settle new planets, whether we think of them as colonist or crew could profoundly affect the kind of preparations we make for them.

We also have such stories as “The Deer Girl Hitches a Ride” by Sarah Frost, “The Chorus Line” by Dan Hatch, the next in Paul Levinson’s Ian’s Ions series, “Ian, George, and George,” Joel Richard’s “Oedipus at the Sperm Bank,” “Fear Response” by Lesley L. Smith, and a suitably punny Probability Zero from Carl Frederick, along with our ever-compelling array of columns.


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Analog accepts---and prefers---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.

Trevor Quachri, Editor

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


Lockstep
By Karl Schroeder

Two bright moons chased each other across a butterscotch sky. Down on the plain, something big was galloping, its feet only touching down once a second. It was too far away to make out, but the broad-shouldered man on the balcony could see each puff of dust it kicked up, and the long line of them leading away.

Whatever it was, it was drawing that line at an angle to a much bigger mark—an ancient canal, dry now for thousands of years, that swept in from one horizon, passed this lonely peak with crumbled towers and collapsed stairs, and exited the scene over the opposite horizon. Dunes were trying to erase the canal, but they’d never succeed.

The gray-haired man smoothed his hand along the stone banister. It had amused him to leave the ancient worn stone intact when he renovated this palace. He’d done the same with the rest of the mountain peak—balcony, tower, and dome had all been preserved where they could be. The result was a jarring mix of sharp new edges and worn, almost natural curves; but he liked that. . . .

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The Alternate View by John G. Cramerr
The 2013 Starship Century Symposium

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
LOCKSTEP, part I of IV, Karl Schroeder

NOVELETTES
THE CHORUS LINE, Daniel Hatch
IAN, GEORGE, AND GEORGE, Paul Levinson

SHORT STORIES
THE DEER GIRL HITCHES A RIDE, Sarah Frost
FEAR RESPONSE, Lesley L. Smith
OEDIPUS AT THE SPERM BANK, Joel Richards

SCIENCE FACT
HOMESTEADING TO THE STARS: COLONY VS. CREW, Arlan Andrews, Sr.

PROBABILITY ZERO
ABRIDGE TOO FAR, Carl Frederick

POEM
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A TIME TRAVELER
AND HIS APPRENTICE,
David Livingstone Clink

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
GUEST EDITORIAL: HACKED OFF, Edward M. Lerner
IN TIMES TO COME
THE ALTERNATE VIEW, John G. Cramer
THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers
BRASS TACKS
UPCOMING EVENTS, Anthony Lewis



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