Re: The Short Story Thread
In the Jan./Feb. issue of Analog there's novella called The First Day of Eternity by Domingo Santos that is really good. The story is about a generational starship of Jews searching for a new home planet. A complex A.I. called "Diaspora" runs the massive ship making decisions for the thousands of people on board. When a suitable planet is found after more than 700 years travel time things really get interesting as people are forced to overcome their conditioned agoraphobia and alien life is found. The creatures develop a relationship with a particular segment of the colonists and play a critical role in their settling of the planet. My favorite short story this year so far.