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A couple of powerful novelettes bookend our January 2014 issue. Aliette de Bodard leads off with a suspenseful far-future account of a shady refugee who discovers that the past lives on in some “Memorials.” Nancy Kress closes the issue with the story of an Earth ravaged by aliens. All hope for humanity may lie with a naïve young man who must discover how to negotiate with difficult people and enigmatic extraterrestrials for “The Common Good.” Don’t expect the tension to ease up in the middle of the magazine, either. James Van Pelt’s teens seem to rule Colorado’s back country until they meet “The Turkey Raptor”; new to Asimov’s author William Jablonsky’s young couple are unprepared for the truth in the “Static”; Ian McHugh’s scientist learns much from her “Extracted Journal Notes for an Ethnography of Bnebene Nomad Culture”; Ron Collins reveals the terrifying programming behind “Primes”; and Steve Rasnic Tem shows us the unexpected ramifications of “The Carl Paradox.” Robert Silverberg’s Reflections follow up on this month’s essay with “The Plurality of Worlds: A Contrarian View”; in On the Net, James Patrick Kelly discusses “More Editing and Writing” with Robert Silverberg, Gardner Dozois, and Jeff VanderMeer; Paul Di Filippo’s On Books includes reviews of works by M.C. Planck, Lucius Shepard, John Varley, and the late lamented Jack Vance; and Don’t Forget to Vote in our 28th Annual Readers’ Award Poll!

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