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July/August 2022

By the end of the events of “The Malady” by Shane Tourtellotte (November/December 2021), readers saw a huge mystery solved, but those answers also brought new questions to light: who was responsible and why? And perhaps most importantly: what next? Well, our lead novella for next issue, “Truta and Pilta,” can answer that last matter at least: a space race.

Then our first fact article of the issue considers some of the more esoteric properties of black holes, in “Black Holes and the Human Future” by Howard V. Hendrix. We also have a fact “short” about the problems with fictional bio-scanners—you know: as in “Scanning the planet for life-forms, captain!”—from Valentin D. Ivanov, in “Biosignatures: the Second Biggest Blunder of SF.”

And of course we have plenty of other fiction pieces, such as one featuring a unique combination of time-travel and astronomy, in Jerry Oltion’s “The Dark Ages”; an all-too-accurate tale of technological turnover, in AT Sayer’s “Across the River”; plus a summer’s worth of blockbuster action, ranging from the meeting of a shape-shifter and an assassin in “Punctuated Equilibrium,” by Auston Habershaw; a tiny flaw leading to a nail-biting rescue, in “Single Point Failure,” by Sean Monaghan; and a pulse-pounding struggle for revenge or redemption in “Across the Sand Sea,” by TL Huchu, and many more, from Michèle Laframboise, Aimee Ogden, Steve Toase, Joe McDermott, Kelsey Hutton, Bruce McAllister, and then some!

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Novella

Truta and Pilta

by Shane Tourtellotte

Year Fifty-Nine

When you have achieved your dream, what happens next?

Meil-Vess Hfue Nahf had always dreamed of flying, through the air and through space. It was natural for the daughter of a man who had flown in the Rational War, then built rockets for the post-war space program of the Ustell Republic. She did the first while still an adolescent. Now, with plenty of his help, she had achieved the second.

She was at Outpost One on Truta, the inner moon of Yehf. The idea had been a mad dream fifty years ago, then a seeming inevitability twenty years ago, then apparently foreclosed for a long, terrifying decade. READ MORE

Novelette

The Mercy of the Sandsea

by T. L. Huchu

The sandsea’s ever churning by the U’mtabi docks, crashing against the concrete barriers holding the waves at bay. Sounds like a rattle, infinite grains of pavalinite swishing and hissing. Panganai working the nightshift doesn’t hear it anymore. He tunes out and turns up his collar against the constant fine spray wafting through the air. Without the respirator he’s wearing, his lungs would soon be filled with cement. He knows; he’s seen men executed kneeling by the sandsea, gasping for breath as the fine sediment solidified in their lungs. Gets in the eyes too, hence the goggles he wears, but Panganai can’t do anything about the layers in his hair and on his clothes. READ MORE

Poetry 

In Perpetuity

by Bruce Boston

In the light from
long-dead stars
lie the shadows. . .

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Reader's Departments

Guest Editorial: Environmental Tanstaafl

by Richard A. Lovett

Analog readers are optimists. They are also problem-solvers. Those two, more than anything else, define the zeitgeist of this magazine. Which means there is a class of stories Analog tends to avoid, such as SF/horror, which, as editor Trevor Quachri puts it, often boils down to, “There are things humanity was not meant to know.” READ MORE

 
 

Alternate View: Advanced Waves Detected

by John G. Cramer 

One of my earliest Alternate View columns, published in the August 1985 Analog, described advanced electromagnetic waves, which are light waves that carry negative energy and travel backward in time. Now there is evidence that such time-reversed advanced waves have actually been detected. READ MORE

 

Guest Reference Library

by Sean C.W. Korsgaard

For both the speculative fiction industry and the world at large, these are interesting times.

As I write this column, Russian troops have invaded Ukraine, sparking the biggest land war in Europe in a generation. Political turmoil continues to bubble over in a dozen countries, from truckers in Ontario to another wave of crackdowns on dissidents in China. Even as the shadow of the Covid-19 epidemic still looms overhead, gas prices, food shortages, and inflation have begun to wreak havoc. READ MORE

 

Upcoming Events

by Anthony Lewis

Check here for the latest conventions upcoming in July and August. READ MORE

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