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Match Wits with the Editor
Which cover did Editor Bill Allen choose for January?
Great Barrier Reef
Photograph by
David Doubilet
2001 The Body in Space
Photograph by
Cary Wolinsky
Japan's Imperial Palace
Photograph by
Sam Abell

options View Final Tally The Editor’s December pick

In next month's issue
Beyond Gravity
The year Arthur C. Clarke made famous is here. 2001’s co-creator contemplates the third millennium.

Surviving in Space (cover choice, center)
A voyage to Mars may be every astronaut’s dream, but the health risks to even the most superbly conditioned Earthlings are formidable indeed.

Kingdom of Coral: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (cover choice, left)
Largest structure on the planet built by living organisms, Australia’s coral rampart hosts a carnival of sea life.

Kings for a Day: A Century of Mirth in Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade
Fantasy and feathers rule in Philadelphia when New Year’s revelers take to the streets in costumes fit for kings.

Ashkelon: Ancient City of the Sea
From Canaanites to Crusaders, the city of Ashkelon was a strategic Mediterranean port for nearly 5,000 years.

Japan’s Imperial Palace: Beyond the Moat (cover choice, right)
The heart of Tokyo shelters the home of Emperor Akihito—a modern ruler who studies fish, writes poetry, and preserves the traditions of the world’s oldest monarchy.

ZipUSA: Quartzsite, Arizona 85346
It’s Nowhere, Arizona—until November. Then more than a million devotees of RVs roll in from all over for swap meets, socializing, and the sunset-painted sky.

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