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"Science fiction is what scientists would do if they could - if they had enough grant money, enough time, and enough brains to do the wonderful things they would like to do."
- Greg Bear

Gold-Fish-Bowl World  
  An artificial water planet.  

One very small and rather uncommon kind of artificial world consisted almost wholly of water. It was like a titanic bowl of gold-fish. Beneath its transparent shell, studded with rocket-machinery and interplanetary docks, lay a spherical ocean, crossed by structural girders, and constantly impregnated with oxygen. A small solid core represented the sea bottom...

These 'gold-fish-bowl' worlds turned out to be transitional.

From Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon.
Published by Methuen in 1937
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