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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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