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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Freezone  
  A vast floating island in international waters.  

Freezone floated in the Atlantic Ocean, a city afloat in the wash of international cultural confluence...

Originally, Freezone had been just another offshore drilling project...

A Texas entrepreneur ... saw the possibilities in the community that had grown up around the enormous complex of offshore drilling platforms...

The Texan owned a plastics company [which] developed a light, super-tough plastic that the entrepreneur used in the rafts on which the new floating city was built. The community was now seventeen square miles of urban raft...

From Freezone, by John Shirley.
Published by Eclipse in 1985
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Floating islands have a long history; the Uros people of Lake Titicaca, Peru, built their villages on immense rafts of bundled totora reeds. These artificial islands were, in turn, based on naturally occurring floating islands.

Perelandra, the C.S. Lewis novel, describes floating islands on the surface of Venus.

Take a look at the Dubai Island World, an artificial dirt island recreation of the world.

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