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The December issue, naturally, has a multitude of potent stories: We see that sometimes even the best of friends can grow apart, in “Prodigal,” by Gord Sellar; and sometimes the only way out of a bad situation is up, in “Jewels from the Sky,” by Brendan DoBois; that “with great power, comes great responsibility” isn’t just for Spider-Man—it’s also vital “In Boonker’s Room,” by Eliot Fintushel; we’re reminded that technology, like any tool, is what you make of it, in Crowdfinding,” by Eric James Stone; and yet, a biological process may not always limited to biological entities, in “Evolution,” by James Glass; sometimes the harsh life of colonists leads to equally harsh choices in “Like the Deadly Hands,” by Nisi Shawl; James Van Pelt makes a nod to the old serials (without featuring the actual character) in “The Continuing Saga of Tom Corbett: Space Cadet”; and we engage in a little deep space espionage in “Black Orbit” by Martin Shoemaker.
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