p.10 “Murder in parliament street” by Barry B. Longyear.
Another story based on the Shad (duck bio suit) and Jaggers characters. Detectives in the Artificial Beings Crime Division (ABCD). Royal pigeon airforce. Cleverly interwoven story and subplots – detective parker the gorilla who can’t help but shat in the most awkard of times.
P19 “tellynet media vans, a blogosphere pool mobile”
p23 “Ferdie’s Freepaedia”
(see other issues: nov 06 “the good kill” & oct 07 “the hanging stone rat”_

p48 The search for the world’s first equestrians, by Richard A. Lovett
About archeological research on the domestication of horses. Also points out how modern archeology “is heading toward a lot more physics and chemistry” rather than past practice of throwing away soil and materials at site digs. Old techniques reply on direct observation while new ones are shifting towards indirect evidence from seemingly mundane sources (e.g. Presence of phophorous to indicate existence of horse manure, while lack of potassium rules out phophorous generated from camp site fires.)
see www.geosociety.org/news/pr/06-49.htm

p59 These are the times, by John G. Hemry.
Time Intervention (TI). A twist to the story of which side fired the first shot that sparked off the US revolution of 1775. British fanatic. Suicide bomber. Struggle. Detonator in a Franklin stove.

p95 The Suit, by Bud Sparhawk.
Smart suits, prgs embedded in clothes, fridges, even underwear. Automatically adjusts the weave for the weather or temperature conditions. The underwear announcing that you shouldn’t eat the icecream bec you’ve already gained an inch on your waist line. Fridges that remind you, and keep reminding you, to stock up on groceries. Suit-to-suit downloads (new way of meeting people, and saving the hassles of pick-up lines)

Permission To Speak Freely, by David Walton.
Sympathology. Measurement of pain – scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “absolutely no pain” to 10 being “the worst pain you ever felt”. Story is also about integrity of a researcher, and that honesty still is the best policy.

Tom Easton (The Reference Library) recommends:

  • The Sons of Heaven, by Kage Baker (“Don’t miss it”)
  • Allen Steele’s Coyote series (“If you’re a Steele Fan, read Spindrift, hunt down the other Coyote titles, and become one.”)

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