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Our January/February 2014 issue

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First off, we have “Life Flight” by Brad R. Torgersen. Generation ships will be incredibly involved undertakings, but it’s inevitable that some things will go wrong, and when they do, much will hinge on how well we adapt to the situation.

Then our fact article takes on an idea we’ve seen explored in fiction like Edward M. Lerner’s InterstellarNet series, but rarely outside of it: “The Probability and Nature of an Interstellar
Information-Trading Community” by Mark H. Shellans.

We also have the third installment of Karl Schroeder’s Lockstep, as well as stories like Maggie Clark’s look at how the media might portray setbacks in space exploration, “We Who Are About to Watch You Die Salute You,” and Jerry Oltion’s tale of ways out not taken, “Not for Sissies,” plus fiction from David Brin, Stephen L. Burns, and Megan Chaudhuri, as well as all the columns
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NOTICE TO CONTRIBUTORS
Analog accepts---and prefers---submissions in electronic form. Electronic submissions will be accepted through http://analog.magazinesubmissions.com, where full instructions can be found. Please note that while we welcome electronic submissions, they must be made through the designated website, and not as attachments to regular e-mail.
If you have a print copy of your story currently under consideration, please do not resubmit the story electronically. I will respond to those stories via the traditional SASE.

Trevor Quachri, Editor

Nano-Suit Up!
R.J. Carey

Welcome to New York City, 2047—a landscape of decaying urban structures within a tropical rainforest. Sound like a fun place to stalk and kill vicious genocidal aliens or an evil corporation’s combat units? Then you’re in luck! In Crysis 3, you traverse this environment, called “The Liberty Dome,” as Laurence Barnes, the wearer of a high-tech nanosuit whose call sign is Prophet.
Review of Crysis 3
Interview with Crysis 3 writer, Steven Hall


Life Flight
By Brad R. Torgersen

Audio Journal Transcript: Day 1
Papa was proud of me when he went to sleep. I’m one of the only boys picked to stay awake—because I’m smart and can do math. Nobody on the Osprey is going to be awake for the entire trip. There won’t be enough food, water, or air onboard for everyone. So to start off they picked a couple of adults—and two boys and two girls—to stay up while we begin the trip to Delta Pavonis. Which is a very long way from Earth.

Mama was proud too. She squeezed me so hard before she laid down with Papa and went to sleep. She was crying, but told me it was okay. She wasn’t upset. She just doesn’t want to miss anything while I am awake—she thinks I will be older by the time she sees me again. I suppose she is right. She made me promise to keep this journal while she is asleep. So that she can go back and hear my voice, and know all about the time in between.

Audio Journal Transcript: Day 8
Kroger is the other boy, besides me. I never met him before all the families boarded the Osprey. I’m not sure I like him much, and it doesn’t seem like he likes me much either. So the two adults—Kevin and Cassie—have kept Kroger and me apart during the first few days. When I help at one end of the ship, he helps at the other. Which is fine. The Osprey is big! Cassie showed me a computer model of our ship, compared to a skyscraper. If our ship could stand on its end it would be far taller than anything in New York or Hong Kong. . . .

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The Alternate View by John G. Cramer
Entanglement, Spooks, and Superluminal Signals

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


SERIAL
LOCKSTEP, part III of IV, Karl Schroeder

NOVELETTES
LIFE FLIGHT, Brad R. Torgersen

SHORT STORIES
RUBIK’S CHROMOSOMES, Megan Chaudhuri
NOT FOR SISSIES, Jerry Oltion
THE TEACHER’S GAMBLE, Stephen L. Burns
THE AVALON MISSIONS, David Brin
WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO WATCH YOU DIE SALUTE YOU, Maggie Clark

SCIENCE FACT
THE PROBABILITY AND NATURE OF AN INTERSTELLAR
INFORMATION-TRADING COMMUNITY,
Mark H. Shellans

POEM
DISCOVERY MISSION, Ken Poyner

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
THE EDITOR'S PAGE, Trevor Quachri
IN TIMES TO COME
THE ALTERNATE VIEW, John G. Cramer
THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers
BRASS TACKS
UPCOMING EVENTS, Anthony Lewis



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