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January/February 2023

Another January/February issue is nearly upon us, and once again, we close out the old year and ring in the new with some top-notch stories.

First among them is our lead novella: it’s not unusual for a killer to have a personal motivation for a series of slayings, but it is unusual when the killer in question is an elephant. What’s more, when a doctor thinks he may be able to curb the animal’s murderous rages, the implications go much further than anyone expects. How far? Find out in “The Elephant Maker,” by Alec Nevala-Lee.

Then our fact article, “Life, But Not Quite as We Know It,” on some very unusual sorts of potential life forms, comes to us from Christina De La Rocha.

And of course we have plenty of other stories, like “EDIE,” a tale with some of the aforementioned unusual life, by James Dick; a pleasantly hardboiled SF yarn in “Hothouse Orchids” by Harry Lang; a look at harmless vacation fun from the other side of the ledger, in “The Bends” by Rajan Khanna; and a clash of values in a quiet little (post-apocalyptic) town upstate, in “The Battle of Wanakena,” by Megan Hyland, as well as much more, including seasonal offerings like “Christmas at Albert’s” by Mark W. Tiedemann, and “A Real Snow Day” by M. Bennardo, and stories both sad and hopeful, as befits the end of one thing and the beginning of another, from authors including Marie Vibbert, Shane Tourtellotte, James Van Pelt, Victoria Navarra, Erik Johnson, Tom R. Pike, Matt McHugh, Lorraine Alden, and more.

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NOVELLA

The Elephant Maker
by Alec Nevala-Lee

He made the king who taketh pleasure in his kingdom, he made elephants and horses for his array . . . Wealth made he from which cometh pride; he made longings which none can satisfy.

—Malik Muhammad Jayasi

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He had been on the run for a long time. At first, he drove himself ever forward, going deeper into the forest, aware of nothing but the need to keep moving. Much later, he realized that he had somehow circled back, returning to the places that he had known in his youth, although he knew that this would only bring him closer to the men who were trying to kill him. READ MORE

NOVELETTE

The Battle of Wanakena
by Meghan Hyland

I gather most of you came to hear me tell about Miss Luna and Free the Plastic Man, back when those two met in battle on the shores of Cranberry Lake. And some brought your littles to learn about the ferafay and how it swept through country towns like ours. Maybe a handful want to hear about Rupert’s Ghost, too, trapped way up there in Haven. 

I promise we’ll get to all that. Til then, try and be patient. My story starts humble, with a farmer, and a pony, and a trip to the market to sell potatoes. READ MORE

POETRY

I Dreamt an Alien Was in Love with My Ex-Girlfriend
by Don Raymond 

The light of distant galaxies is also shaped by local space:
a rising moon may lengthen a heart, an upraised thumb eclipse
a shower of sparks among the skies slowly turning.

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DEPARTMENTS

Guest Editorial: The Great Brain Cover-up
by Howard V. Hendrix

I first met my now long-time friend Bruce Albert more than three decades ago, when he was a student in a creative writing class I was teaching. At the time I was a graduate student who had started in the sciences (BS in Biology) and was headed for a PhD in the humanities (English Lit­erature). Bruce had taken his undergraduate degree in Zoology but was at that time headed for the PhD he eventually took in Philosophy. Given our odd-duck academic backgrounds, it was almost inevitable that, as a couple of contrarians, we would flock together.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the deep influence the likes of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaynes, and Jung had on his thinking, Bruce became disenchanted with academic philosophy. He took to calling his philosophical practice Not-Philosophy.  READ MORE


Alternate View: Pulsars Ride Neutrino Rockets
by John G. Cramer

The first pulsar was first discovered in late 1967 by Cambridge University graduate student Jo­celyn Bell. She noticed a peculiar blip in the strip-chart data from the new Interplanetary Scin­tillation Array, the radio telescope that she had recently participated in building. She had the nagging feeling that she has seen something similar a few days earlier at the same sky position. Searching through the many meters of strip-chart recorder paper that the radio telescope gen­erated, she found similar blips. There were repeating radio pulses coming from the same fixed position in the sky. She had discovered the first pulsar. It was a Nobel-Prize-winning discovery (but not for her). READ MORE

Alternate View: Gravitational Focusing and Alien Networks (Errata)
by John G. Cramer

One of the first triumphs of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity (GR) was the observation, performed in 1919 by Arthur Eddington, Frank W. Dyson, and their collaborators during the total solar eclipse of May 29, that light is bent by the Sun’s gravitational field. The observed light deflection agreed well with Einstein’s GR prediction and was twice the deflection predicted by Newtonian gravity. READ MORE


Reference Library
by Sean CW Korsgaard

Happy New Year, Analog readers!

By the time you’re reading this, it should be the last couple of weeks of 2022, or perhaps the first few weeks of the 2023, and in either case, hopefully in the mood for some new books to add to your reading lists for the new year ahead. READ MORE


Upcoming Events
by Anthony Lewis

Check here for the latest conventions upcoming in January and February. READ MORE

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