Analog Science Fiction and Fact - April 2015

Publisher: Penny Publications, LLC
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Frequency : Bi-Monthly

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It may still be the depths of winter outside, but our next issue embraces its April cover date with stories both serious and light-hearted. Our lead piece is Bond Elam’s “The Eighth Iteration,” in which colonists on a forest planet discover a mystery with profoundly unsettling implications. The fact article, “New Horizons at Pluto,” from Richard A. Lovett, looks at the New Horizon probe’s impending flyby of the dwarf planet. We’ll also have a special feature on writing from Stanley Schmidt, full of valuable advice from a veteran editor on “Hiding the Info-Dump.” Then a ship’s crew has an unexpected encounter while hunting comets in Ramona Louise Wheeler’s “Dancing in the Dark”; paternity turns out to be a more complicated matter than one would guess in K.J. Zimring’s “Partible”; and “The Last Days of Dogger City” by Mjke Wood are full of danger and adventure. On the lighter side, Barry Malzberg and Bill Pronzini bring us a day in the life of an Immigration officer at a very Golden Age spaceport in “Transfer Point”; Ron Collins shows us that more isn’t always better in “Daily Teds”; Guy Stewart nods at pastoral SF in his Probability Zero, “Whey Station,” and we get a peek behind the curtain at a seemingly obsolete job that has persisted into a science fictional future, in Adam Troy-Castro’s “Down, Please: The Only Recorded Adventure of Ensign Lars Fouton,” not to mention all of our excellent regular columns – no foolin’.

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.

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