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    What I do not see (or may be am ignorant of) are examples of seriously thinking about future impacts of the breakneck speed of development in biological sciences, the way"Golden Age" SF largely reacted to the developments in physical sciences....
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    Well, right now I am half way through the second Commonweal book and loving it. Greatly looking forward to the rest.Would never have come across your books without this blog. Casting my mind way back... Joy Chant comes to mind....
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    "That's funny, I've gotten my LED bulbs from a combination of B&Q and Tesco" Well, yes, I'd tried those. No good if you need the same degree of light omni-directionality as normal incandescent ones. But if they work for you......
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    Admittedly off-topic, but... Greg is after an LED replacement for a 100W bayonet bulb. So was I. But the hunt is over: try LED Hut's (ledhut.co.uk) 11W B22 (Bayonet) Filament LED Bulb - Frosted (3000K). I've now replaced all my...
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    But as Lem pointed out, those drives may have absolutely nothing to do with us. Golem XIV in particular springs to mind. And then there is the intelligence from "Limfater's Formula", which does not fit in any case....
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    Love it! Add Charlie's inimitable style and I am ready with my plastic....
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    Am I the only one to think that "A Fire Upon the Deep" is the one book most closely instantiating the Platonic ideal of a space opera? I agree, BTW, that "Lady of Mazes" should also count, but it is...
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