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March/April 2024

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!

William Ledbetter

A Long Journey into Light
Deborah L. Davitt

Katherine Jones, Viscountess Ranelagh
Jessy Randall

AI Media vs. Human Imagination: Deathmatch?
Brian Gifford

Defending Against Killer Asteroids
John G. Cramer

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It has been said that teaching kids is a bit like the Peace Corps slogan: it’s the toughest job you’ll ever love. But what happens when you mix surly teens with some (very) heavy machinery? Well, that sounds like a job…



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Welcome to Analog Science Fiction and Fact! A lifelong appreciation of science fiction has led me to an incredibly fulfilling career with Analog…

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.

Meet the pantheon of Analog Science Fiction and Fact authors. In addition to a Who’s Who of outrageously famous writers, you’ll also find short bios of authors in the current issue, in-depth factual articles examining the processes particular authors utilize, and more. Visit often – there’s always something new to discover!

In our March/April issue, we have some real bangers, including a long novella from David Gerrold that shows just what one small but highly motivated group can do when left with no alternative, in “Ganny Goes to War”; a look at a future in which consumers have finally had “Enough,” from William Ledbetter; the next chapter in the (mis)adventures of a certain amorphous shape-shifter, in Auston Habershaw’s “Brood Parasitism”; a survey of the current state of epigenetics, both in real life and SF, by Kelly Lagor; a couple of tax/prank season-appropriate stories from Don D’Ammassa and John W. Armstrong; and much, much more, from Gregor Hartmann, Romi Stott, Adam-Troy Castro, Deborah L. Davitt, and others.

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by William Ledbetter

Illustrated by Eli Bischof

Under normal circumstances, the blank canvas of a freshly painted wall—like the one I faced on Third Street next to the interstate—would invoke both anticipation and a little dread. But tonight, I hadn’t come to share my art, only a small but important message. Tiny drips of water can eventually create an ocean.

I sized up the wall from shadows across the street. Selected not only for its visibility, the wall had symbolic value. Five protestors had been stood against that wall and shot during the first week after the government takeover. The bullet holes and chipped concrete were muted, but still visible under the fresh white paint.  READ MORE


A Long Journey into Light
by Deborah L. Davitt

Twenty years had passed since Ae‘ahauka‘e, the Wanderer, had first entered the Solar System from the top down, passing through the plane of the ecliptic near Uranus. Twenty years since Dominic Vadas, then the furthest human from the rest of humanity, had boarded the extrasolar object, finding that it was not, in fact, a rogue asteroid or chunk of space rock, but some form of alien space craft.

A nervous Earth had watched its silent progress through the outer planets for two decades, wondering if the device was some form of weapon. UNSCA, the U.N. Space Control Agency, had advised caution. “The microbes taken from storage on Ae‘ahauka‘e were all demonstrated to thrive in an anaerobic environment,” scientists asserted repeatedly. “The chances that they would be useful to any civilization on a planet like Earth is extraordinarily unlikely.” READ MORE

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