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Book Reviews:
Blake's Therapy by Ariel Dorfman
Bleach 8 by Tite Kubo
The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Death's Acre by Bill Bass and John Jefferson
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin
The Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Judy Nayer
Opposites by Eric Carle
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
A Little Twist of Texas by Linda Raven Moore
Mad About Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Olivia... And the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
On the First Night of Chanukah by Cecily Kaiser
Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith
Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain
Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Women of the Ukiyo-e by Ming-Ju Sun

FSF Reviews:
Balancing Accounts James L. Cambias
Bread and Circus by Steven Popkes
It's a Wonderful Life by Michaela Roessen
Mars: A Traveler's Guide by Ruth Nestvold
Memoirs of the Witch Queen by Ron Goulart
Mystery Hill by Wendy Walker
Petri Parousia by Matthew Hughes
Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel
The Quest for Creeping Charlie by James Powell
Retrospect by Ann Miller

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641 Reviews
Boys and Girls
Caligula
Sand Therapy

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Comments for Balancing Accounts

FSF FebruaryBalancing Accounts: 01/22/08

The first story of the February issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine is "Balancing Accounts" by James L. Cambias. It is a fun tale of and AI trying to eke out a living on the edge of our solar system.

The robots in Cambia's story pay lip service to Asimov's three laws of robotics but only as willingly as my son takes to doing his chores. They would much prefer to work freelance and send their credits home to the companies who own them or contract with them.

As I was reading, I was picturing a hybrid of the technology of Cowboy Bebop with the attitude of the robots from Futurama. It works remarkably well.

James L. Cambias is a regular contributor to the magazine but as a new subscriber it's the first story of his I've read. I am looking forward to reading more of his stories.

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Comment #1: Thursday, January, 24, 2008 at 11:46:34

Renee

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