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Our January/February 2013 issue

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It’s a bit unusual for a short story to get a cover in any issue, much less a double—but Jerry Oltion packs a lot into “In the Moment” and it inspired a fine cover by David A. Hardy for our January/February special. We’ll also have big stories, of course, including novellas by Rajnar Vajra (a typically atypical and perhaps dizzying tour de force) and Edward M. Lerner. Lerner shows his range by also having a Probability Zero (one that everybody will find all too easy to relate to!), and Harry Turtledove offers another of those. In between are a wide variety of short stories and novelettes by authors like Brad R.Torgersen, H. G. Stratmann, and John G. Hemry (showing a side of H. G. Wells that perhaps even Wells didn’t know about).

As befits a double issue, we have a unique oversized fact article by Michael F. Flynn called “The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown,” wherein he takes a close look at how the reality of a historic scientific drama differs from the sound-bite version we all “know” (which may make you wonder how the science of our time will look to folks a few centuries hence). And Richard A. Lovett offers another of his entertaining and instructive special features about science-fiction writing, this time focusing on setting: those worlds we love to create, write, and read about.

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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

In The Moment
by Jerry Oltion

You think the cosmos is too big to be personal?


The astronomers began to arrive at dusk. First came the ones with computerized telescopes; they needed the last vestige of daylight to assemble their mounts and to find all the plugs and sockets before they could power up and run their alignment programs. Next—just as the pole star popped out of the twilight— came the people with equatorial mounts. They set up their tripods, peering through the right-ascension axes toward celestial north, then attached long Newtonians or stubby Schmidt-Cassegrains or the occasional slim refractor to the dovetail brackets on top. Then came the people with Dobsonians and trackballs, large-aperture reflectors on simple rotating bases that could be set up in just a few seconds. Read more

The Alternate View by Jeffery D. Kooistra
Islands in Space

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

Archive The Science Behind the Story

Analog Story Wins Highest Japanese SF Award

Arthur C. Clarke Obituary

Paul Levinson interviews Stanley Schmidt

The Woman Who Cried Corpseby Rajnar Vajra
Time Out by Edward M. Lerner

The Exchange Officers by Brad R. Torgersen
Descartes's Stepchildren by Robert Scherrer
Buddha Nature by Amy Thomson
True to Form
by Kyle Kirkland

In The Moment by Jerry Oltion
The War of the Worlds, Book One, Chapter 18: The Sergeant-Major by John G. Hemy
Neighborhood Watch by H.G. Stratmann

The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown and Down-and-Dirty Mud-Wrassle by Michael F. Flynn

Time, Place, and Wonder: The Use of Setting in Short Fiction by Richard A. Lovett

We Install by Harry Turtledove
Unplanned Obsolesence by Edward M. Lerner

The Editor's Page
Biolog: Robert Scherrer by Richard A. Lovett
The Alternate View
by Jeffery D. Kooistra
In Times to Come
he Reference Library by Don Sakers
Brass Tacks
The 2012 Index
Analytical Laboratory Ballot
Upcoming Events
by Anthony Lewis

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