Archive | April 20, 2020

The Way We Live Now

“‘[T]his machine … has access to the Congressional Library St. Louis Annex, does it not?’ …
‘Certainly. Hooked into the Interlibrary Net, rather, though you can restrict a query to one library.’”

— Robert Heinlein, I Will Fear No Evil (1970)

“[H]is screen came alight with the assembled faces of his Council, each face in its own little square. Broey conducted the conference quickly ….”

— Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment (1977)


Addendum [2 June 2021; CHT Randy Cech]:

“The books were crystals with recorded contents. They could be read with the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it.”

— Stanisław Lem, Return from the Stars (1961)


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