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"But the problem with reincarnation is that it's hard to imagine what the storage medium for past lives would be. Not to mention the input-output device. I hesitate to rule it out completely, but I'd need pretty definite proof."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Sunshade-Photocell Collector  
  A fanciful design for a device that gathers solar energy.  

This device has two functions; it gathers needed energy and provides needed shade to people.

Then he saw the geek - a codger this time - leaning against one of the slender stalks of a sunshade-photocell collector, looking directly at the three of them.
Technovelgy from Earth, by David Brin.
Published by Bantam in 1990
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