When a grizzly bear walks into your office, it's enough to get your attention. When that grizzly turns out to be an opera-singing, biological-robot hybrid claiming someone stole his singing voice, it begins one of the strangest cases of Dexter Duff's career. Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction.

"The old gumshoe detective story goes into the future...Instead of a beautiful dame, the client is a biological-robot hybrid in the form of a bear who hires a PI to find his lost voice. Like the old tales, the characters are well-developed and interesting, each a possible suspect. However, in this futuristic tale the settings are stunning planets in various solar systems, not some filthy back alley or office. As in both, the fight scenes are realistic. Carter weaves a successful tribute to old-school detective stories with the modern twist of exposing man’s foibles." - Tangent Online

SCOTT WILLIAM CARTER's first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "touching and impressive debut." His short stories have appeared in dozens of popular magazines and anthologies, including Asimov's, Analog, Ellery Queen, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. He lives in Oregon with his wife, two children, and thousands of imaginary friends. Visit him online at www.scottwilliamcarter.com.