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"I have a standard axiom: all governments lie. Don't believe anything they say. And corporations are only kinds of government."
- Frank Herbert

Rocket Pine  
  Genetically engineered trees for wood pulp.  

It fronted a private forestry concern. Behind the house hectares of rocket pine thrust bright green needles toward the recently rain-swept sky. Gengineered to provide two harvestable crops a year on poor soil, rocket pine had replaced peanuts and tobacco as a ready cash crop throughout many of the southern states. While the advent of electronic readers had replaced the need for newsprint throughout the world, no one had yet come up with an electronic substitute for paper towels or toilet paper.
From The Human Blend, by Alan Dean Foster.
Published by Del Rey in 2010
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Compare to the fuel trees from Neal Stephenson's 2008 novel Anathem.

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