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Eh? Perhaps I was too young to get (or remember) what's so great about it. (I haven't read much Asimov since my early teens.)

hm, is ''Tichy'' the Polish word for 'peaceful'?

Ah! I read it as "Sailor's Heart's Desire", with no particular significance.

Fiction like this may be the nearest thing to a way to avoid such a blunder. Occasionally a pundit says "Nobody has ever given any thought to the consequences of biotechnology," as if sf didn't exist, so I'm not hopeful.

I don't buy the (fairly common) idea that in the post-national Future all humans will look alike, though it's a convenient device here. I wonder whether I've ever seen it used this way.

The traits that we now call ethnic may cease to be ethnic markers, but they'll continue to appear so long as the...(read more)

I wonder how much fiction has been written about fucking forking uploads.

"The Babyeaters don't seem to have had humanity's coordination problems. Or they're just more rational voters. Take your pick."

My pick is that they rationalize like the dickens.

"Every human culture had expended vast amounts of intellectual effort on the problem of coming to terms with death. Most religions had constructed elaborate lies about it, making it out to be something other than it was – though a few were dishonest about life, instead. But even most secular philoso...(read more)

That Ira Howard died well before 1911, let alone 2014.

Clearly you don't value sex with your lover

Be serious: does anyone value fucking as a terminal value rather than as a means to enjoyment?

(assuming I understand the phrase 'terminal value', which is new to me)