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Our April 2014 issue

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In our April issue, we have a blend of stories both serious and less than so, in honor of April’s silliest day—Tax Day, of course; what, you thought I meant something else?

An ecologist has to use his training to unravel a complex and dangerous mystery in Jordan Jeffers’ “A Fierce, Calming Presence”; tongue planted firmly in cheek, Lavie Tidhar tells a story that science fiction fans might find a bit . . . familiar in “Whaliens”; “The Oracle of Boca Raton” by Eric Bayliss suggests that artificial intelligences may not have any more patience for stupidity than the rest of us; Ian Randal Strock’s “It’s Not ‘The Lady or the Tiger,’ It’s ‘Which Tiger?’” is a tale of unintended lessons learned via time travel; and more, with stories from writers like Don Webb and Diane Turnshek.

Our fact article is the next in Edward M. Lerner’s series looking at the science behind various SF tropes, this one titled “Alien Dimensions: The Universe Next Door.”

Finally, we have the white-knuckled conclusion to Karl Schroeder’s Lockstep. Toby has decided to face his pursuers head on, but when he confronts them, will family ties prove stronger than the bonds of friendship? No matter who wins, the Lockstep Empire will never be the same.


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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


A Fierce, Calming Presence
By Jordan Jeffers

The Federal Ecologist stepped through the skimmer hatch, rubbing his eyes in the brightness. The Sun was much smaller in the sky here, naturally. Eight months ago, he likely would have thought the place dreary, but those eight months had been spent frozen in the blackness of arc-sleep, crossing the four AUs of space that lay between Earth and Ceres. His eyes still felt like they were covered with a thick veneer of glass, and everything seemed too bright.

Still, it was good to step out into the morning light, as if from a normal night. A small delegation waited for him on the tarmac below. He recognized Mayor Herd and all three of Larus’s major mining bosses. They were showing him a lot of respect. He was glad he was wearing his dress uniform, the green “E” of the ecology corps emblazoned across the starry blue field of the Federation.

“Ecologist Hacker,” Mayor Herd greeted him, touching fist to heart. She was a short, thick woman, with the pale skin and red hair common to most Cerens. “Welcome to Larus. It is a pleasure to have a representative from the Federation here.”

He touched his own heart in return. “Thank you, Mayor Herd. Please feel free to call me Hugh.”

Herd inclined her head, but did not offer her own name in return. Respectful, then, but not friendly. It was more than he’d expected. . . .

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The Alternate View by Jeffery D. Kooistra
Bud Webster and the Past Masters

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, Conclusion, Karl Schroeder

NOVELETTES
A FIERCE, CALMING PRESENCE, Jordan Jeffers

SHORT STORIES
POLLUTION, Don Webb
THE ORACLE OF BOCA RATON, Eric Baylis
WIND REAPER, Jon Hakes
IT’S NOT “THE LADY OR THE TIGER?", IT’S “WHICHTIGER?”, Ian Randal Strock
WHALIENS, Lavie Tidhar

PROBABILITY ZERO
FIRST CONTACT: MOMS RULE, Diane Turnshek

SCIENCE FACT
ALIEN DIMENSIONS: THE UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR,
Edward M. Lerner

POETRY
THE PASSIONATE ASTROPHYSICIST TO HIS LOVE,
Robert Lundy
THE VIEW FROM CRUITHNE, Mary A. Turzillo

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
GUEST EDITORIAL: MEDITATION ON A BAR STOOL, Stanley Schmidt
THE ALTERNATE VIEW, Jeffery D. Kooistra
IN CONVERSATION: BUD WEBSTER, Cat Rambo
IN TIMES TO COME
THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers
BRASS TACKS
UPCOMING EVENTS,
Anthony Lewis



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