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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon I'm sure that you've all heard by now that Pluto has been "demoted" to the status of minor planet. The other option, of course, was facing the possibility that we would have dozens or hundreds of small planets out in the outer solar system to contend with.

I don't actually have a strong opinion on this whole thing. While I grew up with nine planets including Pluto, it's certainly true that Pluto is a very odd planet, as planets go. In the end, it's just a classification. Pluto isn't any smaller today than it was last month.

And the ruckus over Pluto has gotten astronomy onto the front pages again. That can't help but be useful, in the long run.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs 1. Does that background say "elevator" to you? I'm not sure. Well, at least it says "blue," so that's something.

2. At last Haas's true motivation for world conquest is uncovered: frustration at being unable to afford a decent condo in Astarte City's overheated housing market.

3. About that autofactory, see here.

3. Most importantly, the extreme work conditions that were affecting me are over at least for the moment, so we are resuming our normal update schedule as of now. We very much appreciate your patience and continued patronage during this time, that is, assuming you actually did keep patronizing us. If not... (snif) well, that's... I understand. It's... (sniffle) I'm sorry, I've got something in my eye.