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January/February 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!

Ron Collins

Hull Run
David Goodman

Ode to Carl Sagan
Kelsey Hutton

Machines Passing For People Passing For Machines
Howard V. Hendrix

The Next Big Collider
John G. Cramer

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Next 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”…



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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!

The new year is (almost) upon us, and that means a new batch of stories, fresh out of the oven and waiting for you on the cooling rack! For your enjoyment, we present:

A royal scion discovers a most unusual pet, in “Kagari” by Ron Collins; a bit of teenage mischief turns deadly serious in “Hull Run” by David Goodman; a unique blend of historical fiction and SF in “The Handmaiden Alchemist” by Marie Vibbert; a look behind the curtain at one of our lead stories last issue, in “The Science Behind ‘Apollo in Retrograde ’” by Rosemary Claire Smith; a contest of wits between two authors (or . . . ?) in “Game, Set, Match” by Robert Friedman and Barry Malzberg; a tale of literally otherworldly music, of the sort that could only come from Stanley Schmidt, in “Music of a Different Sphere”…

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by Ron Collins

Illustrated by Tomislav Tikulin

A fiery bolt streaked across the nighttime sky.

Orange fire grew over the western horizon.

Some of the common-bred claimed it was an omen from sky gods. Others held steadfast to the thought that it was a portent of war—a claim considerably more difficult to deny in these times of turmoil. To avoid panic, Father commissioned the scouting expedition that found strange wreckage of twisted metal amid the charred woods, and creatures scattered about, their bodies bloodied and broken.

Only one remained alive. READ MORE


Hull Run
by David Goodman

Illustrated by Tomislav Tikulin

They were coming up on bubble when the Dip started.

All four of them, crouched there in the secondary afterlock of Bravo Pod, looked up as the deck tilted fractionally. Way back, deep in the ship, they heard the low wail of the shift sirens.

“There she goes, Dip in an hour,” said Chioma, popping another bubble tab in her mouth. For hull crew they were nothing special, chewable tablets that increased the metabolic absorption of suit oxygen and gave a mild hit of stimulant. But it was heady stuff for sixteen-year-olds.

“Wooooow,” intoned Zaf, leaning back on his heels as the stim hit. “I can, like, see the edges of stuff, man. It’s intense.” READ MORE

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