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  1. Tom Roderick says:

    Arthur C. Clark’s fiction included lots of things that we have seen to come to pass — unlike flying cars (yet). Of course, communications satellites, most of which now occupy the Clark Orbit was a famous one, and there were others.

    However, one thing that was a backdrop to his book “The Ghost From the Grand Banks” is what most amazes me. It was not the technology or even finding the Titanic or planning to raise her. No it was the social change that had taken place by the time period of the novel in which public smoking (or smoking at all) had become a memory of the past, and was a social taboo. How often does science fiction forecast a change in social norms that had existed for centuries?

  2. Orvan Taurus says:

    I ‘lurk’ in southern MN… but then I am fairly friendly and “Mostly Harmless.”

    I do have a copy of Tales from the White Hart (1971, seventh printing) and I’ve long been a bit amused at noise canceling, even if it’s not on the scale of Silence Please.

    And back in the days of C-band satellite (and a 9-foot dish…) I recall watching some conference telepresentation where a fellow (which I could recall who, now) gave a talk about butter was alright, and margarine etc. problematic, and that salt/sodium was not usually a problem – and it if it was, check the thyroid. Perhaps not quite exact, but for 198X, quite interesting and only moreso as time as passed.

  3. Rich Rostrom says:

    The specific technology for uranium extraction reminds me of a John W. Campbell editorial, in which he postulated a similar technique for producing gold. (The point of the editorial was about the actual insignificance of gold flows in trade deficit problems. So if gold suddenly became cheap…)

    The inventor’s name was Quintus Q. Quirn, and it was known as “the Magic Quirn Process”.

  4. Rich Shealer says:

    My wife is a Loren Coleman fan. We made the trip to Portland Maine, in November of 2010. It is a small place in the back of another store, but it was pretty neat and Loren gave us the tour. Nice guy.

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