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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon There's an old tradition in science fiction of letting a single sentence suffice to give the reader a glimpse into the technology of the future, rather than launching into an information dump. (The usual phrases dug up at this point are: "The door dilated," written by Heinlein, and "The door deliquesced," written by Delaney.) This page is full of such sentences. I'm rather proud of it.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go make an appointment with the doctor to have my ego deflated. Or perhaps dilated.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs New character enter! Oh! Who is this!! Well, I can't quite give it away, but here's a hint: there's only one kind of person in the world who would make a joke that corny.

Anyhoo, Peter Williams and Aaron Goldbeck both wrote in to correctly identify Xia Quevillion's dress-alikes (or, rather, the other way around) as Norm Scott's Hsu and Chan, of Electronic Gaming Monthly fame. As a prize I offered to plug the websites of their choice in this here column. Mr. Williams, rather selflessly I thought, suggested we link to the Webcomic Book Club so our readers could drop in and say nice things about MoS, so there you go. Mr. Goldbeck recommended the webcomic Desert Rocks, which I can say is really just gosh wow good so you should go read it right now. Plus it's from an exotic foreign land! (Unless you live in Finland.)