Analog Science Fiction and Fact - November/December 2017

Publisher: Penny Publications, LLC
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Frequency : Bi-Monthly
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Published since 1930, Analog Science Fiction and Fact is one of the most enduring and popular science fiction magazines of all time. Starting with its January/February 2017 issue, Analog Science Fiction and Fact updated its annual subscription format to feature a total of 6 issues per year, all of them 208-page double issues. The new format allows for expanded articles and more special features, as well as greater editorial flexibility overall, and comes with no increase in the annual subscription price! Analog’s editorial emphasis continues to be on realistic stories that reflect high standards of scientific accuracy and imagination, and on lively articles about current research at the frontiers of real science. A recurrent theme in both fiction and provocative opinion columns is the human impact of science and technology. Home to many bestselling authors, including Robert J. Sawyer, Michael F. Flynn, Stephen Baxter, Catherine Asaro, Harry Turtledove, Joe Haldeman, and Ben Bova, Analog has won numerous Nebula, Hugo, and other awards cementing its position as a leading SF periodical. Analog Science Fiction and Fact features 6 double issues each year.

Next month’s November/December issue closes out the year in style: We open with a return to Bill Johnson’s Martin and his AI companion, Artie, in “Hybrid Blue by Firelight.” In a world where everyone is jockeying to protect his or her own timeline, any given quid pro quo can get very complicated, very abstract . . . and very dangerous. Then our fact article is a deep dive into the dangerous effects of supernovae on Earthlike planets, in “Fatal Starlight,” by Paul Fisher. We also have a novella that looks at one group’s survival after everything else is gone, in Catherine Wells’ “Native Seeds”; uploaded imprints that may not see things in entirely the same way as the original, in “Keepsakes” by Kenneth Schneyer; a bit of sinister silliness in “Laminated Moose Zombies” by Dennis M. Flynn and Michael F. Flynn; a look at the economics of uploading knowledge, in “Quirks” by Marie Vibbert; the human cost of technological solutions in “Time Travel is Only for the Poor” by S.L. Huang; one possible solution to the famous paradox in “Fermi’s Slime” by Tom Jolly; a brutal bit of justice in Jay O’Connell’s “Weaponized”; some possible ramifications of making your currency a bit too smart, in “Luscina” from Robert Reed; and a touching (maybe?) Probability Zero from Edward M. Lerner. We also have pieces from James Sallis, Scott Edelman, Brenta Blevins, Ian Creasey, Bud Sparhawk, Igor Teper, Stephen R. Loftus-Mercer, Richard A. Lovett, Brendan DuBois, and Sean McMullen, as well as—of course—all our regular fine features.


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