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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Nov 27, 2008

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bookshelves: science-fiction, 20-fiction-titles-in-09
Recommended to Gary by: manny rayner
Read in January, 2009

Couldn't believe all that smoking in the future.

Totally inconsequential but this book and the previous one that I read, The Driver's Seat, both make mention in their opening pages of unstainable fabrics.

In Driver's Seat it gives us the first sign that Lise is a bit odd. In Foundation of course it's just part of the future.

A man in glaring blue-and-yellow uniform, shining and new in unstainable plasto-textile, reached for his two bags.

Part of the future but realised by the 1970s (maybe not plasto-textile though) and still with us.
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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica interesting...

Manny I love these old takes on the future. By the time you get to Vol 3 of Foundation, you'll find that they have just managed to invent Dragon Dictate. There is a great scene there with someone using it to dictate their homework. Though apparently they hadn't yet developed text editors or printer drivers.

My all-time favorite in this department is Fritz Leiber's "The 64 Square Madhouse"... a staggeringly good guess at what Deep Blue would be like, long before computers could play chess at even weak amateur level.

message 3: by Kat (new)

Kat Phoenix Polyester - plastic textile

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