"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
Anderson was apparently the first to make use of this poetic term.
Compare to Arthur C. Clarke's elaborate and beautiful use of this term in his amazing 1953 novel Childhood's End - see stardrive.
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