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Our March 2013 issue

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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 tangled web.

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. . . .

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Instinctive Response
By Bond Elam
Art by Tomislav Tikulin

Being perfectly fitted to your world is fine—unless your world changes.

“Hey! Not in the middle of my data!” Nick said. “I’m trying to get some work done here.” He scowled at the naked foot that Kate Meriwether had just propped up on the shuttle’s command console—a position which just happened to place it squarely in the middle of the numbers scrolling down the holo-display.

“But the light’s so much better here,” she said. She flashed him a quick smile, then hunched forward in her chair, her brow tightening in concentration as she applied a stroke of crimson polish to the nail of her big toe. “You wouldn’t want me to miss a spot, would you?”

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