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May 2003

Not long ago I mentioned that the old cliché "the mad scientist" may be acquiring a new sort of relevance in the real world. Steven Bratman’s novella "The Immortality Plague" offers a good case in point, and a good illustration that the "madness" need not be particularly severe or clinical to be dangerous–and that what people want may not suit them at all when they actually get it. Our May issue offers quite a range of stories, from that to Don D’Ammassa’s deliciously (no pun intended) satirical short story "A Good Offense." In between those extremes we have Ken Wharton’s "The Monopole Affair," a tale of cutting-edge research and political intrigue, as well as a new Draco Tavern story by Larry Niven and something for the season by John C. Bodin and Ron Collins. What season, you may ask? Well, read the issue and find out!

Richard A. Lovett offers the fact article on "The Search for Extraterrestrial Oceans." Yes, they do appear to be out there, and our own oceans offer some clues as to where they might be and what they might be like–which turns out to be very, very different from the homegrown variety.

And, of course, we have the Conclusion of Rajnar Vajra’s unique novel, Shootout at the Nokai Corral.


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Shoootout at the Nokai Corral
(Part four of four)
by Rajnar Vajra

The Immortality Plague
by Steven Bratman
The Monopole Affair
by Ken Wharton

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The Death Addict
by Larry Niven
The Day the Track Stood Still
by John C. Bodin and Ron Collins
A Good Offense
by Don D'Ammassa

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