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MAY/JUNE 2022

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!

EXCERPTS:
Burning the Ladder
Adam-Troy Castro

Simple Pleasures
Bud Sparhawk

POETRY:
Constellations
Alex Pickens

EDITORIAL:
The Play's the Thing
Trevor Quachri

ALTERNATE VIEW:
Life, RNA, and Asteroids
John G. Cramer 

 

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Not every character strictly needs an origin story—life is rarely that simple. So while next issue’s Andrea Cort tale, “Burning the Ladder” by Adam-Troy Castro, isn’t one, it’s still a formative moment, earlier than any we’ve seen so far, that has big ramifications for the character we’ve come to know. New to the Diplomatic Corp, Andrea struggles to understand the abuse an alien child suffers at the hands of its own species, but she may just learn a painful and permanent lesson that no good deed goes unpunished instead.

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An Inside Look

Burning the Ladder

by Adam-Troy Castro

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Illustrated by Kurt Huggins 

Ambassador Porleth Heng considered herself a blessed woman.

Unlike most members of the Confederate Diplomatic Corps, who had indentured themselves to that service out of economic hardship or an ache to escape the terrible conditions on their respective home worlds, she’d been born into wealth on a paradise planet and had no pressing reason to seek advancement for its own sake. She’d just wanted the leadership position she was entitled to, one where she could control people and show how superior she was to them.

With the support of powerful friends, she had built her rise in the Confederate Diplomatic Corps on a series of unchallenging but high-prestige appointments to alien worlds where the local politics were peaceful, the local weather pleasant, and the local stance toward humanity kind and indulgent. READ MORE

 

Simple Pleasures

by Bud Sparhawk

The sharp ozone scent of a coming storm was in the air as Jake opened the door of the shed to let Chessie, his retriever, run free. That done, he used the remaining water from the pail at the side of the sink for his morning ablutions; mostly scrapping a razor across the sparse stubble on his cheek and rubbing a toothbrush around his mouth for a bit. “Better hair on my back than my chin nowadays,” he mused as he ran the razor a second time along his jawline.

“Come on, boy,” he shouted as he picked up the now empty pail and started untying Mariah, his poor excuse for a punt. Chessie trotted up and gingerly stepped onto the craft, tipping the boat’s bare three inches of freeboard dangerously close to the waterline. READ MORE

 




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