From The Editor

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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, and I'm proud to carry on the magazine's long-standing tradition of publishing the world's finest science fiction and fact.

During my tenure at Analog, I've had the profound privilege of working with hundreds of authors, editors, TV producers, and many other notables in the science fiction field. As the editor of the longest-running SF publication in history, my personal mandate is to continue to provide the top-quality, ground-breaking hard science fiction that has characterized Analog since its launch. Welcome!

- Trevor Quachri

 

About the Editor

Trevor Quachri has been the Editor of the Hugo Award winning magazine, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, since 2012.

Prior to taking over the reins at Analog, Trevor's editorial skills were honed working with Stanley Schmidt (Analog Editor 1978-2012), Sheila Williams (Asimov's Science Fiction Editor 2004-present), and Gardner Dozois (Asimov's Editor 1986-2004). He brings to Analog a unique and reverent perspective on SF. In addition to his lifelong love of science fiction, Trevor draws upon his diverse past experiences – on Broadway, on special museum projects involving rigorous scientific data analysis, on collaboratively producing a pilot for a SF-based television show – to continue Analog's storied tradition of ground-breaking hard science fiction.

Anniversary Retrospective Editorial

Therefore, I Knew Him by Trevor Quachri

Over the course of this year—though their selections were entirely their own—I encouraged our retrospective writers to choose pieces that said something about the magazine as a whole. And now, as we bring the 90th anniversary to a close, it’s finally my turn to talk about one of my own all-time favorite Analog stories, as well as what it says about the magazine and the wider world beyond.

First, let me be clear that I like Gordon R. Dickson’s “Call Him Lord” entirely on its own merits. I talk about it all the time (see, most recently, briefly, in “Outliers” by Emily Hockaday and myself [July/August 2020]); it’s one of my lodestars for the magazine; one of the stories that I have in the back of my mind when I select new material, even though I also simultaneously consider it one of those aforementioned “outliers.” (It’s actually pretty light on science and “sensawunda” stuff in general: there are hover-cars mentioned, as well as a paragraph referencing the idea of using the Earth as a failsafe against the extremes of genetic drift in a galaxy-spanning empire, but that’s about it.)

Originally published in the May 1966 Analog, it’s easy to see why John W. Campbell would have picked it. Dickson’s prose is descriptive but snappy. It’s certainly not Spartan, but you’re never bogged down in background or description; the story moves.

And it’s well paced: it builds to that ending1 and delivers it like a slug to the gut, leaving you blinking at what you just read.

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You can email Trevor Quachri at AnalogSF@DellMagazines.com. See his interview about his goals for Analog with Carl Slaughter here: http://www.diabolicalplots.com/trevor-quachri-interview/.