"Theobroma Valentine" by Rand B. Lee appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. "A xeno-psychologist in orbit around a chocolate-producing planet questions her own sanity when some clients she was treating in virtual reality become virtually violent."
The sheer number of sapient alien life forms is mind-boggling delicious if a bit confusing. The pace is just right, and the banter between the various characters provides a dash of humor. The story starts and ends as a "find yourself" tale, then suddenly veers into a rather intriguing mystery. And as for "theobroma?" Look it up...
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