Analog Science Fiction and Fact (January-February 2015)

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NOVELLAS
DEFENDER OF WORMS, Richard A. Lovett ____________________________ 136
NOVELETTES
MALNUTRITION, J. T. Sharrah _________________________________________ 8
JUST looking, Stephen Lombard __________________________________ 37
THE nice jump OF SHIN, Henry Lien _______________________________ 71
USHER, Jay Werkheiser____________________________________________ 123
SHORT STORIES
ULENGE major, Chuck Rothman _____________________________________ 49
LONG approach long past, David L. Clements _________________________________ 55
ORION, emerging, Arlan Andrews, Sr. ___________________________________ 63
THE YONI SUTRA, Priya Chand_______________________________________ 65
WHY THE great HIT THE ICEBERG, Jerry Oltion ______________________87
FOOL’S ERRAND, Judith Tarr _________________________________________ 96
SAMSARA AND ICE, Andy Dudak ____________________________________ 107
MARDUK’S FOLLY, Sean Vivier ______________________________________ 112
UNMOTHER, Lex Wilson ___________________________________________ 115
SCIENCE FACT
ORBITS to reserve, Stanley Schmidt __________________________________ 30
PROBABILITY ZERO
SPACE insects, Marianne Dyson _______________________________________ 61
POETRY
THE mystery OF chilly FUSION, Bruce Boston _________________________ 60
READER’S DEPARTMENTS
GUEST EDITORIAL: HERE’S in your overall healthiness, Rajnar Vajra _______________ 4
BIOLOG: J. T. SHARRAH, Richard A. Lovett _____________________________ 29
THE trade VIEW, Jeffery D. Kooistra _____________________________ 84
IN instances TO COME_______________________________________________ 114
THE REFERENCE LIBRARY, Don Sakers______________________________ 172
BRASS TACKS ___________________________________________________ 176
ANALYTICAL LABORATORY poll ________________________________ 180
THE 2014 INDEX _________________________________________________ 181
UPCOMING occasions, Anthony Lewis _________________________________ 184

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From the window Angela said, “You need to be debriefed, Kelly. It’s part of the process. ” “Sure, soon as I’ve had some rest. ” “We need to do it now. ” The heel of Kelly’s shoe caught a crack in the sidewalk. He stumbled but quickly recovered and continued walking. “That’s not good enough,” Angela said with exasperation. ” He turned and took a shortcut through a neighbor’s backyard. “I’ll meet you at the house, Angie,” he called and vaulted over a low picket fence, landing in an inch of mud. He made his way through a pumpkin patch where he had to weave and hop to avoid tripping over several ripening gourds.

If the added force is toward the center, the primary (Earth, for instance) will appear to be fixed directly overhead. If X is outward rather than inward, the primary will be directly underfoot. Synchronous Orbits to Order: Choose Your Viewpoint To get a feel for what all this means, let’s work through a few numerical examples of what we might get by adding various radial forces to the basic equation. I’ll do synchronous orbits at different altitudes first, because the calculation requires the least change from what we’ve already done.

If you graph r as a function of X, you’ll notice that it increases very rapidly (the curve becomes very steep) when X gets close to 0. For very small positive (centripetal) X, r gets as close as you wish to the value at X = 0. For very small negative (outward or “centrifugal”) X, you can still get orbits, but X has to be really small. 2 days. Increase X just a tad beyond that, and you get into the realm of nonsense solutions and stay there indefinitely. 6 So orbits with sizable outward force aren’t possible, but those with inward forces up to one gee or so could be useful.

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