MABFAN NEWSLETTER # 43 (November 2004)

Michael A. Burstein's "Friends Across the Net" Newsletter


My new short story "Seventy-Five Years" has just been published in the January/February 2005 issue of ANALOG, helping to commemorate the magazine's 75th anniversary. When the editor, Stanley Schmidt, reminded me that the magazine's 75th anniversary was coming up, I immediately tried to think of a story idea that might be appropriate for such an issue. So I let my mind riff on the number seventy-five, and it jumped to the United States Census, whose private results are currently released after seventy-two years...but what happens to those surveys in a world where people live longer and longer? Someone might decide to push the release date from seventy-two to seventy-five years, and then maybe further...and history is lost. Unless someone else is willing to take a stand...

The issue also includes an editorial by Stanley Schmidt, "A Diamond Milestone," in which he discusses his personal history with the magazine. I'm delighted to note that he lists me among new writers he was thrilled to discover.


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