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Our May 2014 issue

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Our May issue kicks off with a cover story from Alec Nevala-Lee: many terrestrial animals have evolved unique forms of camouflage to help them hide, so what happens when a group of researchers discover something far more dangerous than what they were looking for? Find out in “Cryptids.”

Then, following the final installment of Lockstep in this very issue, Karl Schroeder returns for a victory lap with a fact article that looks at the science (and some of the writing decisions) behind his serial in “Lockstep: A Possible Galactic Empire.”

We also have stories such as Dave Creek’s “All Human Things,” where Mike Christopher has cause to regret a daring rescue from the alien Jenregar; “Bodies in Water,” from Sarah Frost, with an unusual girl finding an equally unusual artifact; “Snapshots,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s provocative tale of a simple-yet-drastic solution to a deadly problem; “Repo,” Aaron Gallagher’s look at a mundane job turned adventurous when transposed to space; “Another Man’s Treasure,” by Tom Greene, about a family’s desperate attempts to eke out a living in a hostile and unpleasant environment that isn’t far removed from how too many people live today, and more, including all of our top-notch regular features.

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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.

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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


Cryptids
By Alec Nevala-Lee

A wisp of white smoke rose up from the carton as Amanda Lurie removed the lid. Reaching inside, she pulled out the specimen that had been packed in dry ice. “What can you tell me about this?”

Karen Vale accepted the package, although she also kept one eye on the younger woman seated across from her at the table. Through the plastic, she could make out the stiffened remains of a dead songbird, its plumage orange and black. She indicated the sealed top of the bag. “May I?”

When Amanda nodded, Karen undid the flap and slid out the bird’s tiny body. She had recognized it right away, but just to be certain, she peeled off one of her gloves and ran a hand gently along its feathers. When she lifted her fingertips to her mouth, her lips began to tingle at once.

She saw that Amanda was looking at her curiously. “It’s the only way to be sure. There are a number of mimics with similar coloration, but they lack the poison in the skin and feathers. It’s a hooded pitohui.”

“Correct,” Amanda said. “We found it outside Port Moresby. Have you caught any in your nets?”

“A few. We release them after taking blood samples and swabs. But you haven’t explained why you’re asking me this.”

“It’s very simple,” Amanda replied. “I want you to catch more of them for me.”. . . .

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The Alternate View by John G. Cramer
When Wimps Collide

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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Arthur C. Clarke Obituary

Paul Levinson interviews Stanley Schmidt


NOVELETTES
ALL HUMAN THINGS, Dave Creek

SHORT STORIES
CRYPTIDS, Alec Nevala-Lee
IN PERPETUITY, Ellis Morning
BODIES IN WATER, Sarah Frost
SNAPSHOTS, Kristine Kathryn Rusch
REPO, Aaron Gallagher
ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE, Tom Greene

PROBABILITY ZERO
OUR NEW OVERLORDS, Jerry Oltion

SCIENCE FACT
LOCKSTEP: A POSSIBLE GALACTIC EMPIRE, Karl Schroeder

POEM
GOD MAY LOVE US TODAY, BUT WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? Robert Lundy

READER’S DEPARTMENTS
GUEST EDITORIAL: ARE WE THERE YET?, Edward M. Lerner
BIOLOG: KARL SCHROEDER, Richard A. Lovett
THE ALTERNATE VIEW, John G. Cramer
IN TIMES TO COME
THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers
BRASS TACKS
UPCOMING EVENTS,
Anthony Lewis



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