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January/February 2023

Welcome to Analog Science Fiction and Fact! Featuring award-winning authors, compelling fiction stories, intriguing science fact articles, editorials, news, reviews … Travel to the edges of the universe!

The Elephant Maker
Alec Nevala-Lee

The Battle of Wanakena
Meghan Hyland

I Dreamt an Alien was in Love with My Ex-Girlfriend
Don Raymond

The Great Brain Cover-up
Howard V. Hendrix

Pulsars Ride Neutrino Rockets
John G. Cramer

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Analog Science Fiction and Fact is the most enduring and popular science fiction magazine in history. Launched in 1930, Analog offers imaginative fiction reflecting the highest standards of scientific accuracy, as well as lively fact articles about current research on the frontiers of real science. A guiding principle for both fiction and provocative opinion columns is the exploration of the impact of science and technology on the human condition.

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Another January/February issue is nearly upon us, and once again, we close out the old year and ring in the new with some top-notch stories.

First among them is our lead novella: it’s not unusual for a killer to have a personal motivation for a series of slayings, but it is unusual when the killer in question is an elephant. What’s more, when a doctor thinks he may be able to curb the animal’s murderous rages, the implications go much further than anyone expects. How far? Find out in “The Elephant Maker,” by Alec Nevala-Lee.

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The Elephant Maker
by Alec Nevala-Lee

He made the king who taketh pleasure in his kingdom, he made elephants and horses for his array . . . Wealth made he from which cometh pride; he made longings which none can satisfy.

—Malik Muhammad Jayasi

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He had been on the run for a long time. At first, he drove himself ever forward, going deeper into the forest, aware of nothing but the need to keep moving. Much later, he realized that he had somehow circled back, returning to the places that he had known in his youth, although he knew that this would only bring him closer to the men who were trying to kill him. READ MORE


Illustrated by Tomislav Tikulin

The Battle of Wanakena
by Meghan Hyland

I gather most of you came to hear me tell about Miss Luna and Free the Plastic Man, back when those two met in battle on the shores of Cranberry Lake. And some brought your littles to learn about the ferafay and how it swept through country towns like ours. Maybe a handful want to hear about Rupert’s Ghost, too, trapped way up there in Haven. 

I promise we’ll get to all that. Til then, try and be patient. My story starts humble, with a farmer, and a pony, and a trip to the market to sell potatoes. READ MORE


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