"Every scientist worth his salt that I know of has read science fiction."
What will you have? Everyone has their favorite drink, I suppose. Electrical stimulation of the appropriate brain area would probably be cheaper for humans, too, when they learn how to do it. As a matter of fact, I seem to recall that Niven and Pournelle have written about this very thing in other novels like Ringworld Engineers (see droud).
In this story, another in the Draco Tavern series, Niven provides a classic alien viewpoint story. Unfortunately, I can't say much more about it without spoiling the story. The quote comes from Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing! From the collection listed below.
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Spider Flyer Walker Space Suit For Mars Astronauts
'The eight thin metallic legs were pointed downwards...'
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Combats another wearable, the voice-changing bowtie.
Drones Will Transform Cities
Where we're going, we don't use roads.
Orbital Space Tourism For $1M
'Big cigar. Narrows at the ends.'
Prynt Pocket Prints AR Pix Right In Your Hand
A printer for the palm of your hand.
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'Three rows of four colored dots appeared on the heel of my left hand...'
Bat Bot Robotic Flapping-Wing Drone
'The dark birdforms dotted the mountaintops like statues of prehistoric beasts, wings outspread...'
NASA's Astronaut Rescue Ball
'Ball and closely-prisoned man plummeted downward..'
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'Slivers of microsoft, angular fragments of colored silicon...'
Sky Fence - A Drone-Proof Shield Created Over Prison
'There’s still a protective field over the whole thing. It volatilizes anything that tries to get through.'
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