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Our September 2012 issue

Our September issue offers a wide variety of stories in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. The biggest is Brad Aiken’s novella “Done That, Haven’t Been There,” about a physician forced by circumstance to try to solve a murder from a quarter of a million miles away. But then, maybe he should have thought of that possibility when he decided to operate on a patient at that distance. . .

Among our other stories, Alec Nevala-Lee’s “The Voices” is psychological fiction in the most literal, yet engaging, sense. Susan Forest’s “Rent In Space” has little to do with landlords or bill collecting, but a lot to do with a most peculiar and unexpected bit of living room furniture. Michael F. Flynn’s “Elmira, 1895” may or may not be alternate history, but it does involve a couple of people you know well, even though they lived and died before your time. “Mythunderstanding” is the latest entry in Carl Frederick’s popular (and arguably silly) “misunderstanding” series, while Jerry Oltion’s “The Long View” gives new meaning to its title.

And Arlan Andrews’s fact article “SIGMA: Summing Up Understanding” describes a real-world application of what you’re holding in your hands. Many of you have probably thought that science fiction writers could do a better job than governments anticipating what problems we might really face in the future and how we might deal with them. Well, in recent years a group of them, corralled and led by Andrews, have been doing just that . . .

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PrometheusMovie Review: Prometheus
Ridley Scott foreruns his classic and groundbreaking “Alien” with a compelling and existential film that reaches wide, but ultimately fails. Visually and cinematically stunning, “Prometheus” indulges in the action and one-liners that summer moviegoers may be craving while also bringing a sense of eerie irony. It falls prey to many of the pitfalls found in the “genre” formula, yet it holds a bizarre and resonant quality that other blockbusters lack. This is perhaps what makes this film a particular disappointment. If there were no potential, then the letdown would be less stinging. Read more

Done That, Never Been There
by Brad Aiken

It’s tough to solve a murder when you’re a quarter of a million miles from the crime scene, but when the murderer comes looking for you, there’s not much choice.

I’d cleared my schedule for the rest of the afternoon; didn’t want the distraction of patients waiting for me while my interview with that annoying little dweeb of a reporter dragged on past the scheduled time, as it undoubtedly would. The office door was ajar as I signed off on some of the endless charts backlogged on my system while I waited for him to show. It was a welcome relief when my secretary, Doris, poked her head in.

“Mr. Green is here, Dr. Bennett.” She gave me a knowing wink with those familiar green eyes that used to drive me wild, but now only kindled the comfort of familiarity. . . .

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The Alternate View by Jeffery D. Kooistra
The Alternate View Goes to the Movies

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

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Analog Story Wins Highest Japanese SF Award

Arthur C. Clarke Obituary

Paul Levinson interviews Stanley Schmidt

Done That, Never Been There by Brad Aiken
Elmira, 1895 by Michael F. Flynn
The Voices by Alec Nevala-Lee
Rent in Space by Susan Forest

Mythunderstanding by Carl Frederick
The Long View by Jerry Oltion

Sigma: Summing Up Speculation by Arlan Andrews, Sr.

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In Times to Come
The Alternate View
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The Reference Library by Don Sakers
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