Analog Science Fiction and Fact (December 2010)
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Published since 1930, Analog Science Fiction and Fact is one of the most enduring and popular magazines of science fiction. Its editorial emphasis is on realistic stories that reflect high standards of scientific accuracy, imagination, and lively articles about current research on the frontiers of real science. A recurrent theme in both fiction and provocative opinion columns is the human impact of science and technology.
The December issue again offers an unusual combination of a story and a closely associated fact article. The story is Shane Tourtellotte’s “The Man from Downstream,” about a time traveler who does what he does for an unusual reason, and then faces an unexpected challenge about what to do next. The fact article is Tourtellotte’s “Tips for the Budget Time-Traveler,” which takes a quantitative look at some of the very practical problems such a traveler would inevitably face.
Also a couple of stories that are parts of series —Christopher L. Bennett’s “Home Is Where the Hub Is,” and Brian C. Coad’s “A Placebo Effect,” in which long-suffering patent attorney Wally Mason is temporarily coaxed out of retirement—as well as some that aren’t. One of those, H. G. Stratmann’s “Primum Non Nocere,” could easily be considered a seasonal special, in a sneaky sort of way—though it could also be considered several other things, too.
his earliest inventions, one that sold well to the richer families of Umbria and Tuscania. This new variety might revive that market. She heard the clop of hooves and the growl of wheels behind them. Knowing those sounds intimately, she was calling out “You have the plough, Alastor?” before she had turned her head. “Certainly, domina.” It sat gently swaying in the back. “There’s even a little space left for the two of you, if you wish.” “No, go on home. We’ll be there soon.” Americus watched
two doughnuts at once was caused by your MNM detecting excess carbohydrate absorption and a surge in your serum glucose. It also analyzed levels of trans fats and other dangerous substances in your blood, then ‘reconstructed’ what kind and amount of food you’d ingested. “After determining that what you ate was above healthy limits, the MNM activated chemoreceptors and mechanoreceptors in your stomach and other areas of the gastrointestinal tract. That in turn stimulated parts of your central and
their burden one of them muttered sadly, “Another one bites the dust.” Nick and I kept walking as I realized that nurse’s comment was more literally true than she knew. I’d recognized the ornate gold ring on the deceased hand we’d glimpsed. It belonged to the woman in our group who’d fallen on the treadmill several days ago. Nick led me into another elevator and pushed the button to descend one floor. As its doors closed I whispered, “Are we near the exit yet?” “It’s close. But there’s
want compact trade goods, cheap today but dear in the past, with enough demand to support whatever we wish to sell. Our value baseline is silver, which was set by Caesar Augustus’s monetary reforms as 84 denarii per libra. Buying a denarius’s weight of silver costs us roughly $2.25 today. If your trade good doesn’t fetch more money per pound than this in the past, you’re likely better off taking back silver instead. So what goods are ideal for our temporal argonaut setting down in ancient Rome?
not been in vain. Sam Burden’s Pharmaceutical division in Puerto Rico had hired Tony Anandas. I got a mild sense of pleasure out it. Unless he wrote a lot of patent disclosures, I didn’t expect to hear much about him again. * * *. Some three years later, on a dull fall afternoon that threatened snow, Sam Burden turned up unannounced at my corporate tower office in Connecticut. I was surprised. I did very little business with his division. Sam explained that he was in Connecticut for one of