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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon And here we see why Benjamin makes the big bucks as a Vorstellen Cop: he can end a standoff with a mad scientist using just his knowledge of how they think.

Oh, and the threat of the fleet of immense warships that's floating outside the window in defiance of several laws of physics. But I'm sure that had nothing to do with it.

And even though Haas has been insulting them and ripping out various unnecessary internal components, his robot minions want what's best for him. I have to admit that the whole trope in science fiction where the robots go wild and smash up their creators never made much sense to me. You don't smash up your parents, even if they're obnoxious. (Usually. There are exceptions.)

Of course, I know that the robots that go mad and smash their creators are meant as metaphors for modern society and/or science destroying mankind. Or they're meant as stand-ins for oppressed workers. But I'm going to stand by my opinion, no matter how stupid or misguided it may be!

Other news: At the last minute, my friend Alan Chaess asked me to come onto his podcast, Otaku Generation, to help interview Steve Jackson. He sounds pretty much like you would expect: laid-back, smart, and quite funny.

WARNING: The podcast is meant for people over the age of 18. I mean it. The guys who make it are...uh...let's call them "extremely loose with obscenity" and leave it at that.

If you're reading this after early December of 2006, then you can find the podcast archived here.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Well geez, Dr. Haas, it took you long enough!!

Anywho, we have new fan art! And here's some links.

  • Pup Ponders the Heat Death of the Universe. Who hasn't? But maybe not as elegantly.
  • Andy Weir (of Casey and Andy fame) has been working on a new comic, Cheshire Crossing. It's episodic and Issue 2 has just come out, so check it already.
  • Last but far from least: Water on Mars... not just in the distant past, but right now! Assuming this all checks out, it's pretty tremendous news because if there's liquid water running beneath Mars's surface it's awfully hard to believe that sometime in the past N billion years life hasn't evolved in it. I suspect NASA has their next rover targets all plotted out already.