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November/December 2019

The November/December issue opens with a story in the most classic Analog mold: a pair of explorers try to open line of communication with an alien species, but the process may involve a painful exchange for the humans. How many sly jokes can I make about this story? Find out in “An Eye for an Eye,” from Jerry Oltion.

The n we also have a novella about the kind of choices we might make if we really had a new lease on life, in “You Must Remember This,” from Jay O’Connell.

And of course, we’ll have plenty of other stories, from Julie Novakova, Gary Kloster, Aimee Ogden, Rajan Khanna, Eric Cline, Craig DeLancey, Michael Carroll, Guy Stewart, Marissa K. Lingen, and more (including a few seasonally-appropriate treats), as well as all our regular columns.

 

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Novella

You Must Remember This

by Jay O'Connell

“Who brought me back to life?”

“I can’t tell you that.” The heavyset woman in the beige chair across from me was middle-aged, with neat, tightly curled hair and laugh lines radiating from the corners of a pair of dark, compassionate eyes.

My tongue felt thick and sticky in my mouth. “Well, that effing sucks.” I took a sip of water.

I couldn’t get a rise out of this woman, a serene social worker type. I wasn’t sure if I found her bedside manner reassuring or annoying.

Probably both.

“And you were never dead. You were archived. Like a video on pause. We don’t say, ‘brought back to life’ either, or ‘resurrected.’ We say ‘restored,’ or ‘rebooted.’”

“How was I . . . archived. What is that?”

“You were caught up in an industrial accident, a catastrophe. Your body was preserved for thirteen years.”

Christ, rebooted? More computer metaphors taking over the language. Great. “So, it’s 2055 and I’m still twenty-seven. But I was born in 2015?”

“You were paused for thirteen years. Think of the archival state as a coma—”

“—a coma that fixed my back. Regrew my teeth. And detoxed me.”

“Yes. That kind of coma.” READ MORE

Novelettes 

An Eye for an Eye

by Jerry Oltion

Melissa could have taken the landing as an omen. Right from the start, things started going wrong. The docking collar didn’t release evenly, which put the shuttle into a slow tumble that had to be cancelled before she could thrust away from the mothership. By the time she got that under control, the LIDAR had lost its lock on the landing site. She reestablished that easily enough, but their orbital velocity had already taken them well past the optimum entry point so she had to thrust extra hard to compensate. The shuttle hit the atmosphere at a steeper angle, which meant harder gee forces and more turbulence bouncing her and François and Gary around. And so on like that: little annoyances all the way down.

Their target site was an open field near what looked to be a fairly sizeable city. It was walled like a medieval castle, with a sprawl of housing and industry around it that suggested the walls were more ornamental than necessary nowadays. It was at the confluence of two rivers, and many roads spread out like spokes from the hub of a wheel, clear evidence that this was a center of commerce. It was one of only half a dozen cities on the planet that showed electric lights at night, indicating a level of civilization at least slightly elevated beyond the hundreds of other cities. As good a choice as any for first contact.

A puffy white cloud drifted right over their target just as she was making final approach. “What do you think,” she asked as she dropped toward it. “Do we descend on agrav or go for maximum awe? READ MORE

Poetry 

Hertha Ayrton

by Jessy Randall

My father was a watchmaker. He knew
that hours are evenly spaced, their evenness
apparent on the fact of the clock ... 

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Reader's Departments

Editorial: Odds & Ends I

by Trevor Quachri

It’s true that one doesn’t often actually call the first installment of something “1” unless they’re planning a series, but if previous Analog editorial and AV columnists are anyone to go by, there’s a good chance I’ll wind up revisiting this format in the future: after all, not every science-fictional thought rattling around in my head has enough substance to fill an entire editorial, so why not put a few of them together? There’s no pattern here as far as I can tell, though I may look back at the collected shape of things and see something larger, or a perceptive reader might notice a preoccupation I didn’t even know I had, but we’ll find that out together, I suppose. It’s also possible that one or more of the “editorialettes” here may stick in my craw for so long that it grows into a full-fledged editorial later on, but we’ll burn  cross that bridge when we come to it. Let’s begin. ... READ MORE

 
 

The Alternate View: Quantum Entanglement Across Time

by John G. Cramer 

Quantum mechanics tells us that pairs of particles may be entangled, a term coined by Schrödinger, with their wave functions inextricably linked so that a measurement on either can influence measurement outcomes for the other. This link persists even if the particles are separated by light-years of spatial distance. Further, if one of the entangled particles is made to interact with another particle in a process called “entanglement swapping,” the entanglement may be passed down the line to particle after particle. Chains of “quantum repeaters” operating on this principle are now being constructed in China and the USA to facilitate untappable quantum communication links. READ MORE

 
 
 

Guest Alternate View: Looking for Signs of Ancient Earth...On the Moon.

by Richard A. Lovett 

Shortly before starting this column, I discovered the pedometer app on my smartphone. I’d never noticed before, because I’d been using a GPS-based app whose accuracy I’d been grumbling about to an acquaintance, who had been advising me to switch to the pedometer app. “It’s been collecting data on you all along, even if you didn’t know it,” he said.

I opened it, and to my amazement, he was right. All the way back to 2016, when I’d bought the phone, it had hour-by-hour data on how many steps I’d walked, the distance I’d covered, and how many fights of stairs I’d climbed. READ MORE

 

The Reference Library

by Don Sakers

In the last issue of the year, it’s my tradition to devote this column to recommending science fiction books you can give to various types of people in your life . . . even those who aren’t usually SF readers.

For those who do read SF, and for those with a science/tech/engineering bent, there’s no better gift than a subscription to Analog. In addition, you can look back over the past year’s issues for ideas. Don’t confine yourself to this column; the Editorials, Alternate View, and science fact articles frequently mention interesting books. And don’t forget the table of contents: look for books by any and all of the authors who appeared in the magazine. READ MORE

 

Upcoming Events

by Anthony Lewis

Check here for the latest conventions upcoming in November and December. READ MORE

 

 
 

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