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Best-selling alternate history master Robert Conroy returns to World War II, this time for a dangerous last stand of the Nazis in the heart of the Alps.

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K.B. Rylander lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and children. "We Fly" is her first professional sale. The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award is jointly sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society. To find out more about the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story competition and award, click here.


We Fly

by K.B. Rylander

<Unidentified Error detected.>

Get me out. Let me breathe.

The carbon-steel hull lies a scant half-centimeter from my face, but I can't dwell on that. It's what started me into panic in the first place.

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I crawled to my spot next to Matthew James in the back of Dad's two-door classic Chevy, trying to keep my bare legs from burning on the peeling vinyl. Dad rolled down the window in an attempt to cool things off, but I resigned myself to sucking it up and breathing the soupy hot air. As the engine puttered to life and the radio blared "Summer in the City," I scowled at Mom and Dad's delight in the ancient song. In the rear-view mirror Dad's bushy eyebrows crinkled as he laughed.

He tossed back a hard candy. "Hang in there, Natasha."

***

In deep orbit around Alpha Centauri AB.4, encapsulated in a coffin-sized hunk of metal, I'm surrounded by nothingness—silence and cold and dark. The ship pings, announcing the return of the first Little Guy probe. Cool peppermint lingers on my phantom lips from the memory.

My robotic eyes open, but see only darkness. The metal shell around me clunks and there's a mechanical whine as the beach ball-sized Little Guy docks with the ship and silence again while its data uploads. Please let the planet be habitable. I came all this way, give me something.

While I wait, I check with the comm-bots on the Beacon construction and try to ignore the itching. My skin is a synthetic polymer covered in forty-two thousand sensors that were overkill in training, but now, inside the capsule, they're worse than useless. They pick up every tiny dust particle. My mind-construct interprets these as itches and somewhere during my malfunctions I've lost the ability to turn the sensors off.


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Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of neuroscience researcher Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D., whose cutting edge research includes work on effects of drugs, radiation and disease on memory function. His interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to the goal of writing accurate, yet enjoyable brain science via blogging, short fiction, and nonfiction/science articles for the SF/F community. Tedd Roberts' other nonfiction articles for Baen.com, including the Hugo nominated "Why Science is Never Settled," are available here in Baen.com Free Nonfiction 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.


Remember to Remind Me. . .
The Changing Science of Memory

by Tedd Roberts

The old joke says "The first sign of old age is losing your memory; unfortunately, I can't remember the second sign..." While many folk might argue which afflictions are the most inevitable when it comes to aging, the fact that memory is affected is not in question.

Society used to call this "senility" and it was an accepted fact that the older a person, the more memory was affected. Senility was most frequently seen in people aged in their late 70s through their 90s (when they lived that long). However, awareness in the medical fields was growing that effects of age on memory were not uniform—there were conditions of "pre-senile dementia" in which signs of senility would show up in persons in their 50s and 60s—well before any of the normal signs of memory loss and brain impairment should have occurred.

Part of the problem in the diagnosis was that "senility," "dementia" and memory loss were not synonymous. Senility or "senescence" are just terms for wearing out or breaking down with age. Cars, houses, appliances that are used well past their intended design life show senescence and eventual break down past repair. Dementia refers to abnormalities in the normal function of the brain; this can be memory, of course, but also includes personality changes, hallucinations, inability to make appropriate decisions, and other mental aberrations. Thus loss of memory can be part of senility and dementia, but not necessarily the whole story.

In the late 1960s and 1970s a new diagnosis became prominent: Alzheimer's disease. It became (and remains) trendy for any memory disruption or early age dementia to be called Alzheimer's (or AD) despite the fact that the clinical diagnosis requires much more than forgetting a few names or dates! My first encounter with this field of research (memory) in which I would spend nearly all of my adult life, occurred in 1979: I was visiting my parent's home at a time when my grandparents were in residence. My Grandmother had experienced something that altered her personality and behavior. Family members latched onto the suggestion that it was AD (despite lack of medical evaluation). I, a naïve pre-med student, tried to argue that the key criterion for AD was that the dementia be pre-senile (at the time, meaning well before age 70). My grandmother was about 70 years old at the time, and I argued that classically described senile dementia was not necessarily out of the question.

I was later proved right, then wrong, then right again.


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