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#1 2021-02-28 20:18:37

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Analog Science Fiction & Fact analogsf.com

There doesn't appear to be a topic set up for Analog, and since the magazine has been promoting thinking about space for 75 years, I hope that a few NewMars forum readers will be interested in occasional updates on recent content.

The current issue of Analog Science Fact and Fiction arrived yesterday, in an envelope from the USPS … it had been shredded in a sorting machine.  We are still getting payback from the era of the previous President, apparently.

The issue contains an article about aging (in humans but possibly other animals as well), and I'm planning to (try to) offer a synopsis after I've finished reading.  The author is a noted science writer with a long career in physics, so the reader is in good hands.

The opening section reports on something called the Horvath Clock, which (if I understand correctly) is a mechanism by which the human body's cells switch functions on or off as the organism ages.   The author reported that an analysis of his DNA showed a correlation between the aging predicted by the Horvath Clock analysis and his chronological age were in agreement by 2 years.

The hint of a promise in the opening of the article is the possibility that humans might learn how to adjust the clock, but I'm only on page one, so will report back later on how the "story" turns out.

Edit#1: If anyone is interested, the issue with the DNA article is:

Analog Science Fiction & Fact
March/April 2021
Vol CXXXXI Nos. 3 & 4
The Alternate View
John G. Cramer
Page 75

The web site is analogsf.com

They sometimes show content from the current issue as a teaser.

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#2 2021-03-01 18:04:17

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Re: Analog Science Fiction & Fact analogsf.com

This is a follow up to the earlier post about Dr. John G. Cramer's "Alternate View" article on the Horvath Clock.

The bottom line is that prelimnary results of trials of various treatments in small animals seems to show promise.

Trials of larger animals are planned, and at some point trials with humans are likely.

The article describes the research in detail, and I came away with the impression the changes reported that appear to "tell" cells to age are programmed by nature, and not a result of aging.

The point was not brought up in the article, but it has long been observed that forced release of power to the next generation appears to be beneficial for the human race. 

While extension of life for an individual is attractive, and I expect the research will be well funded, I'm less confident that wholesale extension of life for the human population would be good.

Science fiction writers have been struggling with this dilemma for many years.

Perhaps a robust breakout into the Solar System would be an event that would coincide with dramatic increases in life span, and thus the disadvantages of prolonged life would be reduced.

On the assumption there might be at least one forum reader who would like to see the article by Dr. Cramer, and the references he used, I am happy to be able to report that the entire article is available for viewing by the public at analogsf.com.

Look for Alternate Vew: Rejuvenation and the DNA Methylation Clock John G Cramer

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#3 2021-04-28 07:51:15

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Re: Analog Science Fiction & Fact analogsf.com

The 2021 May/June issue of Analog is available for sample viewing at the web site: analogsf.com

Of possible interest to members of the NewMars forum is an "Alternate View" column by (Dr.) John G. Cramer

"Intelligent Life in Our Galaxy"

The cover story is about a possible future on Earth (above it to be exact) in which the Kessler Syndrome is in effect.

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#4 2021-04-29 10:51:00

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In an attempt to contribute to the initiative of Oldfart1939 in the Human Missions Index, I have collected a (somewhat random) assortment of issues of Analog from 2013 to present, with the intention of reviewing the Science Fact articles to see if there might be hints in the organization or content about how to write for the requirements of Analog's Science Fact feature.

The editor is a tough grader, and the 100,000+ subscribers world wide are a tough audience, so publication of the 17 person Expedition article is not assured.

However, (on the other hand) the subject matter is timely and it is (likely) of considerable interest to the Analog audience. 

Should the article be accepted, it will be recognized as a work product of the Mars Society, which (generously) supports this forum.

The 8 person version proposed by Noah is also potentially of interest.

I both cases, a support team that remains in orbit while the landing party takes the big risks seems like a ** really good ** idea!

For that, we have the potential of RobertDyck's Large Ship, which will be sized appropriately to support an expedition on the scale of 120 people, since it is intended to transport 1000 people in it's intended transport service.

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#5 2021-04-29 17:20:47

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Re: Analog Science Fiction & Fact analogsf.com

The very first issue of Analog I chose (at random) from stacks of them, turns out to be especially helpful for the purpose I have in mind for the current series of posts:

The issue was published for January/February of 2013.  The Science Fact article is by Michael F. Flynn, a writer known to the Analog audience for his may science fiction stories. 

The article he provided in this issue is entitled: The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown and Down-and-Dirty Mud-Wrassle

To my delight, it turns out that a pdf photocopy of the article is available for free to the public:

https://faculty.fiu.edu/~blissl/Flynngs.pdf

Rather than take the time myself to analyze the article as a model for the work Oldfart1939 has undertaken, I'm hoping at least one currently registered member of the NewMars community will study the online pdf and report back with:

1) Number of words
2) Count of images or drawings (if any)
3) References provided by the author
4) Footnote count (if any)
5) Whatever else the reviewer may think would be helpful to Oldfart1939 as he plans his work

I'd like to offer thanks to Michael F. Flynn for writing the article in the first place, and then for making it available to the public!

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#6 2021-05-02 18:02:02

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This post is one of a series I am planning, to look at a variety of Science Fact articles accepted and published by Analog SF&F.

This one is from the November 2013 issue.

The author is Thomas A Easton, another popular author at Analog (and elsewhere).

Note: The author adds footnote:  1 "With the obligatory nod to Arlan Andrews's 1992 Analog article on the same topic.

Title: 3D Printing and Dancing Bears

Google came up with several citations about Mr. Easton when I asked about the story ...

Thomas Easton - Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Thomas_Easton
Easton, Thomas A. (Nov 2013). "3D printing and dancing bears". Science Fact. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (11): 19–23.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2013 - Publication
www.isfdb.org › cgi-bin

... 3D Printing and Dancing Bears • [Science Fact (Analog)] • essay by Thomas A. Easton; 24 • Make Hub, Not War • [The Hub Gates] • novelette by Christopher L.

Summary Bibliography: Thomas A. Easton
www.isfdb.org › cgi-bin

Author: Thomas A. Easton Author Record # 1173; Legal Name: Easton, Thomas ... Will Shake Up Manufacturing (2008); 3D Printing and Dancing Bears (2013).
Stories, Listed by Author

www.philsp.com › homeville › FMI
... 3D Printing and Dancing Bears, (ar) Analog Nov 2013 · * The 3D Trainwreck: How 3D ... “Biolog: Thomas A. Easton” by Jay Kay Klein, (bg) Analog Apr 1980 ...

TOC: Analog, November 2013 | SF Signal
www.sfsignal.com › Books

SCIENCE FACT: “3D Printing and Dancing Bears” by Thomas A. Easton. POETRY: “Motherhood and Apple Pie” by Robert Lundy. READER'S DEPARTMENTS:.

Thomas Easton
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Thomas A. Easton is a teacher and well-known science fiction critic and author. He retired as a ... Easton, Thomas A. Nov 2013. "3D printing and dancing bears".

Thomas Easton - WikiVisually
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Thomas A. Easton (born 17 July 1944) is a teacher and well-known science fiction critic and author. He retired as a ... "3D printing and dancing bears". Science ...

The article is five pages long (19-23) .... There are 16 footnotes, most of which are links to references.

The article includes mention of a research team in the UK that was (in 2013) working on the ability to print crude circuit boards. 

I would describe the tone of the article as entertaining and breezy, with plenty of dig-into-it content for readers.

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#7 2021-08-14 09:39:00

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The September/October 2021 issue of Analog arrived ...

The Table of Contents of the previous issue (July/August) is available on the web site (analogsf.com)

NOVELLA
THE UNLIKELY HEROINES OF CALLISTO STATION, Marie Vibbert

NOVELETTES
THE NEXT FRONTIER, Rosemary Claire Smith

SAMPLE RETURN, C. Stuart Hardwick

LONG DAY LAKE, Joe McDermott

SHORT STORIES
THE HEROES OF THE NATION, Brenda Kalt

MANDATORY ARBITRATION, Leonard Richardson

SILICONISIS, Tom Jolly

TIN MAN, Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg

HUMILITY, James C. Glass

THE LAST FAREWELL, Alan K. Baker

ROCKET, Frank Wu

REASSEMBLY, Audrey Ference

MINNIE AND THE TREKKER, Raymund Eich

FLASH FICTION
SEED BOMBS, Juliet Kemp

THE FIRST MARTIAN WORLD WAR, Herb Kauderer

SCIENCE FACT
RETURN TO THE GOLDEN AGE: WHY VENUS MIGHT ACTUALLY ONCE HAVE BEEN HABITABLE, Richard A. Lovett

SPECIAL FEATURE
TAMING THE SERPENT, Edward M. Wysocki, Jr.

LIKE SCHOOL, BUT THERE’S NO RECESS: AN INTERVIEW WITH KATIE MACK, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

POETRY
A DAGUERREOTYPE OF THE MOON, Jennifer Crow

WHEN I THINK OF MY FATHER, Bruce McAllister

READER'S DEPARTMENTS
THE 2020 ANALYTICAL LABORATORY RESULTS

GUEST EDITORIAL: HELLO TO MATURITY, John J. Vester

THE ALTERNATE VIEW, John G. Cramer

IN TIMES TO COME

THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers

BRASS TACKS

UPCOMING EVENTS, Anthony Lewis

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#8 2021-08-14 09:49:50

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This post is about the September/October 2021 issue of Analog ... When the table of contents is available I intend to post it here.

In the mean time, I'm encouraged to see the following item in the Table of Contents ...

Orbital Nuclear Power system (ONPS): the foundation of an Interplanetary Civilization, Donald Wilkins.

If anyone either inside or outside the NewMars community would like to see the article, the magazine should be arriving at your local library soon. 

There are 12 references:

1 Hoffert
2 Mankins
3 Gdoutos
4 Links to what appear to be free resources
5 Criswell
6 Criswell
7 Criswell
8 Cook
9 Strozier
10 free resource on fusion
11 Almoneef
12 Lancashire

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