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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.
Our lead story for our September/October issue presents a conundrum: a notable figure is seemingly plucked out of the past, but his presence in the future isn’t just unlikely, it’s impossible . . . or is it? Find out in “My Fifth and Most Exotic Voyage,” by Edward M. Lerner. In our fact article for the issue, Richard A. Lovett checks the progress of “The Quest for the 2:00 Marathon.” More than just a look at the evolution of sports, it’s biology, chemistry, and no less than a matter of how far we can push the human form. Just what might we be capable of under the right circumstances? This is one answer to that question. Then misfortune befalls a group of scientists including some Uplifted animals in “i know my own, and my own know me,” by Tracy Canfield; letters from the Front and quantum warfare mingle in Eric Del Carlo’s “Ghostmail”; Marie Vibbert builds “The First Trebuchet on Mars”; Simon Kewin goes “Climbing Olympus”; Rich Larson brings us the most personal possible tale of revenge in “The Old Man”; very unscientific methods inspired by real world events leave just “The Absence” by Robert R. Chase; even the truly alien may speak in ways we understand, in Tom Jolly’s “The Mathematician”; A Close Encounter winds up being regretted by both parties in “Abductive Reasoning,” by Christopher L. Bennett; there’s a seasonal Probability Zero from Michael F. Flynn, and more, from Craig DeLancey, Lettie Prell, Jerry Oltion, Christina de la Rocha, James Van Pelt, Stanley Schmidt, Norman Spinrad, and Bud Sparhawk.