Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2003 (Volume CXXIII, by Stanley Schmidt: Editor

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He stirred the cubes with his straw. “Sudden interest in lexical analysis always means one thing: the desire to prove, or disprove, common authorship of some materials. ” Nigel arched an eyebrow skeptically. After muttered practice for the whole drive over here, I was as prepared as I could be for this moment. In my study of Internet chat rooms, I explained, I'd sensed similarities in purportedly independent comments. “So,” I wrapped up, “I've come to suspect there are people using multiple screen names.

In response, the man—young, handsome, athletic—smiled and began raising his revolver—very slowly. Too slowly, Wilder realized. The bastard wants us to kill him—which means that it's all the more essential that we don't kill him. But how? Shoot out a leg? He could die from the shock—and besides, once I start shooting, there's no telling who else—Wait: there is another option. Wilder snapped the selector switch beside the trigger; the gun was now primed to fire grenades. A quick glance at the LED panel behind rear sight gave him the other two pieces of essential data: the laser rangefinder placed the target at five meters; the grenades showed a minimum arming distance of ten meters.

Please, no,” I croaked. Please is not always the magic word. It appeared that the Journal of Emergent Sociology was facing a last-minute delay in the delivery of an invited paper, and so had a hole to fill in the upcoming quarterly issue. They couldn't promise publication, of course, but would look favorably upon a timely submission along the lines of my overnight emailed proposal. I scrolled down the message to see just what I'd suggested in my drunken stupor. Reading, my stomach lurched. *** My father hoards speech as if words were being rationed for some war effort, a miserliness that manifests itself both in vocabulary and brevity.

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