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By pure coincidence, our March issue offers a denser than average population
of nonhuman intelligences, and quite a collection they are. The
ones in Bond Elam’s “Instinctive Response” seem at first glance terrifyingly
irrational, though of course there is an underlying logic to their
behavior, if you know where to look—but that’s not as comforting as it
might sound. The ones in newcomer Andrew Barton’s “The Paragon of
Animals” are at another extreme, and test humans’ ability—and willingness—
to recognize intelligence when they see it. And those in Marissa
Lingen’s tale of diplomatic service, “The Radioactive Etiquette Book,”
span a whole spectrum of improbably amusing types, leading to a deliciously
Kevin Walsh’s fact article, “Spoof Worlds,” takes a new look at a
common assumption about exobiology. It’s been more or less taken for
granted, for good reasons, that free oxygen in a planet’s atmosphere indicates
the presence of a functioning ecosystem, just as you’d assume if you
got an e-mail bearing my e-mail address that it came from me. But in both
cases, it ain’t necessarily so. . . .
Analytical Laboratory Awards Ballot 2012
ANALOG IS UP IN SPACE!
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