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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Power Stilts  
  Platforms that push inundated cities ever higher.  

What will we do as global warming slowly raises the level of the sea around the world?

As with similar localities deemed worthy of preservation in Charleston, Port Royal and all the way down to Jacksonville, they had eventually been placed on hydraulic platforms. So Old Savannah still looked remarkably as it had in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, except that the warm Atlantic shallows now flowed sleepily beneath the power stilts that kept the historical city high and dry.
From The Human Blend, by Alan Dean Foster.
Published by Del Rey in 2010
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Compare to the freezone rafts that floated entire cities in John Shirley's 1985 novel Freezone.

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