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September/October 2022

Our September/October issue arrives as summer begins to wind down and fall begins to creep in through the cracks, and we have stories to suit both moods.

Our lead piece is a bit of historical (science-) fiction that wouldn’t fit as well anywhere but Analog: in the early days of America’s entry into WWII, a former minor-league baseball player finds himself contributing to the war effort at an ordnance plant, but he also finds more secrets than he bargained for. What’s going on, and how do some familiar faces figure in? The answers lie in “Kingsbury 1944,” by Michael Cassutt.

We’re always happy when our fact article ties into a story, as it does next issue, thanks to Marianne Dyson’s novelette, “The Power of Apollo (16),” and the associated Science Behind the Story piece, both of which involve some fascinating information that only Marianne (one of NASA’s first female flight controllers) could bring us.

We’ll also have a timely bit of fiction about a potentially worrisome asteroid, from Jerry Oltion in “Shepherd Moons”; a chaotic romp through a multiversal arms bazaar, from Ian Creasey, in “Self-Regulation”; and many others, both a little scary and a lot silly, including stories from Tom Greene, James Sallis, Marie Vibbert, Rich Larson, Marissa Lingen, and much, much more!

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Novella

Kingsbury, 1944

by Michael Cassutt

My name is Alfred Kramer, known for the better part of my life as “Lefty.” I was born April 13, 1920, in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Today is my birthday in 2020, meaning that I’ve reached the unlikely age of one century. I currently live in a geriatric facility in Mesa, Arizona. Though mobility-challenged, I am in decent health, but have learned that my facility is going into lockdown due to a new virus that reminds me of the Spanish Flu that ravaged the country just prior to my birth.

My father died when I was three. My mother, who had attended a teacher’s college prior to marrying him, went to work in a local elementary school.

Aside from the loss of my father, I had an unremarkable childhood. There was always food on the table. My mother always had a position. I was cared for by my grandparents until I was fourteen and entered high school. READ MORE

Novelette

Shepherd Moons

by Jerry Oltion

The mood in the control room was tense. When everything depends on the next hour or so, people grow quiet and focused. In a little less than an hour, the DART spacecraft would arrive at the asteroid Didymos, and all their effort would go out in a final blaze of glory.

Priya Joshi and her partner in crime—and in practically everything else—Mark Anderson, shared a monitor at the end of the back row. They weren’t directly part of the mission, but as astronauts with extensive EVA training and experience navigating spacecraft, they were there to observe and learn and help if they could. Plus Priya was on NASA’s asteroid exploration team, an as-yet theoretical sub-group of astronauts who might someday actually venture out to one of the Solar System’s flying rocks, and this was her chance to see one up close. Really close. READ MORE

 

Across the River

by A. T. Sayre

Jules’ Trovian MK8 Stylus was completely toast by noon. Its final demise was sudden—right in the middle of adding an alabaster finish to some peripheral points of the design, the wand simply stopped working. Jules shook it in their hand, tapping the buttons, furiously trying to revive it. They swirled the wand around inside the design in quick circles. Normally, that would have totally warped their output of the morning into a muddle of colors and abnormal shapes. But now, nothing. READ MORE

Poetry 

Albert Einstein, Two Stills

by Robert Frazier

First, grouped by the Santa Barbara surf
With Dr. Kast and his Frau Elsa
During the California trek of 1931. READ MORE

Reader's Departments

Guest Editorial: A Fuller Future

by Alec Nevala-Lee

In the September 1972 issue of Analog, the editor Ben Bova wrote, “Science fiction stories have forecast not only new inventions and discoveries; they have also predicted the evolution of a new type of human being—the competent, intelligent, self-reliant man of the future. Turns out he’s been right here among us, all along!” If Bova had been introducing a work of fiction, his words barely would have registered with most readers, who had seen countless stories about “the competent man.” Remarkably, however, they were written for a nonfiction profile of a seventy-seven-year old man whom its author, Norman Spinrad, called “a science fiction hero in the real world.” READ MORE

 
 

Alternate View: Afshar-2: Does Einstein's Bubble Pop?

by John G. Cramer 

Albert Einstein argued that quantum mechanics was seriously flawed. In 1927 at the Seventh Solvay Conference in Brussels, he proposed what we now call the Einstein Bubble Paradox. It goes like this: An excited atom emits one photon of visible light. The prevailing view of quantum mechanics says that this should produce a spherical wave function, expanding at lightspeed, like an inflating source-centered bubble. The wave reaches a detector, and the photon is detected there. Since the photon stops at the detector and deposits its energy there, it is assumed that its wave-function bubble should “pop,” disappearing instantaneously over the entire spherical surface except at the detector. READ MORE

 

Guest Reference Library

by Catherine Shaffer

I’m a science fiction author and I live in science fiction world. I have a watch that tracks my vital signs and can show me news, weather, and messages from friends. Teenagers whiz through my neighborhood on hoverboards. For work, I communicate with colleagues thousands of miles away through a real-time video link, like Captain Kirk did in Star Trek. And I can’t get lost because my car has a built-in navigation system guided by satellites. I’ve also refused to adopt some of the new tech that’s available. For example, I don’t need a device that you can yell at to re-order toilet paper, a doorbell that’s also a surveillance camera, or a button I can push to raise and lower my blinds. READ MORE

 

Upcoming Events

by Anthony Lewis

Check here for the latest conventions upcoming in September and October. READ MORE