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"We are all repositories for genetically-encoded information that we're all spreading back and forth amongst each other, all the time. We're just lousy with information."
- Neal Stephenson

Nullboxing Bubble  
  The 'ring' used for a sport played out in free fall; essentially kickboxing in space.  

I'm cheating a little bit here; I can't get a copy of Streetlethal, so I'm going to substitute a quote from a later book, Firedance, on the same subject by the same author. If you have a good quote from Streetlethal, I'd appreciate it if you added it in the comments below.

The bubble was twelve meters across, and there was a second tunnel leading into it, from the far side, painted red. Aubrey's side was painted blue. There were two robot cornermen, one blue and one red. Nipples extruded from the walls of these corners, through which the trainers could send a variety of fluids...

Aubrey gripped for one of the handholds and found it. He torqued his body powerfully, and hammered Thu against the wall. The wall was too soft to do any damage, or even drive the wind from Thu's lungs, but as he rebounded, Aubrey bent back and caught him in the ribs with an elbow.

**quote not available**
From Streetlethal, by Steven Barnes.
Published by Not known in 1983
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Nullboxing reminds me of the exact same idea in Samuel R. Delany's Babel 17; the wrestling also served an additional purpose beyond entertainment.

Thanks to an anonymous reader who suggested this item.

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