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March / April 2017

Normally this is where I let you in on the content you can look forward to in the next issue, and I’m still going to do that, but I want to talk about something even bigger first:

Effective immediately, with the very magazine you hold in your hands, Analog will be publishing only double issues—six of them per year. Right off the bat, you’ll see more novellas, longer book review columns, and more variety in the themes that thread through the stories. (For example, our next issue will have both the usual lighter April fare as well as a selection of time-travel pieces.)

The main advantage is that this format allows us to hold current subscription prices a bit longer. (You may have already noticed that this issue is 208 pages instead of our customary 192 for double issues; we worked hard to make sure that there wouldn’t be any loss of content.)

So, what kinds of things can you expect in this brave new world? Well, we have two novellas: “Nexus” by Michael F. Flynn, and John Alfred Taylor’s “Plaisir d’Amour”; “Sustainability Lab 101,” our fact article from Stanley Schmidt; and a trio of novelettes—“Europa’s Survivors” by Marianne J. Dyson; “Host” by Eneaz Brodski; and “The Human Way” by Tony Ballantyne—as well as almost a full “single” issue’s worth of short stories, some light-hearted, like “Ecuador vs. the Bug-Eyed Monsters” by Jay Werkheiser, and “Concerning the Devastation Wrought by the Nefarious Gray Comma and Its Ilk,” by Tim McDaniel; and some that involve a relative rarity in these pages: time travel. “Eli’s Coming,” by Catherine Wells; “Grandmaster” by Jay O’Connell; “Alexander’s Theory of Special Relativity” by Shane Halbach; “Time Heals” by James C. Glass; and “The Snatchers” by Edward P. McDermott—all struck a chord with me (for different reasons), and I bet at least some of them will for you, too.

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by Michael F. Flynn

Consider the man who is brained by a hammer while on his way to lunch.

Everything about his perambulation is caused. He walks that route because his favorite café is two blocks in that direction. He sets forth at the time he does because it is his lunchtime. He arrives at the dread time and place because of the pace at which he walks. There are reasons for everything that happens. READ MORE

Plaisir D'Amour

by John Alfred Taylor

Ben Niehaus knew all about tribes and moieties and phratries, endogamy and exogamy, as well as the pitfalls of participant observation, but never imagined falling in love. Desperately, hopelessly, with a woman who had four hands. Worse than Montagues and Capulets.

Everything worked out from the beginning. Ben realized it was the chance of a lifetime when he learned that the mining unit Georgius Agricola would be passing on its way to a swingby of Venus. READ MORE



by Daniel D. Villani

It is hypothesized
That somewhere within meters
Of where we live and breathe...



Guest Editorial: Future-Proofing the Near Future: Design Fiction for Global Education 

by Nickolas Falkner

We are in space. We went to the Moon. We will go to Mars. Fiction writers, especially science fiction authors, were key to this. How did fiction set us on the path to the stars? The world had already seen the romance of space and possible new frontiers, courtesy of science fiction writers. There are other challenges on Earth that could use such a force for transformation, including the pressing need for effective and affordable global education. First, let’s look to space. READ MORE


The Alternate View: Testing the Neutrino

by John G. Cramer

In this AV column, my eleventh discussing neutrinos, I want to describe two new underground experiments that seek to determine the hierarchy in mass of the three neutrino flavors. To begin this discussion, however, I’ll need to delve into some of the intricacies of neutrino physics. READ MORE


The Reference Library

by Don Sakers

Since antiquity, the mind/body dichotomy has been part of our culture. Known in philosophy circles as “dualism,” it’s the eternal question of the balance between mental and physical, thought and action, intellectual and material.

In science fiction, one of the ways this dichotomy plays out is in the distinction between idea-oriented and action/adventure-oriented SF. READ MORE


Upcoming Events

by Anthony Lewis

Check here for the latest conventions upcoming in March and April 2017! READ MORE


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