"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
This stirring passage from the early twentieth century has an echo in the early twenty-first: the Grand Convocation Chamber of the Galactic Senate from Star Wars.
Compare to the courtarena from Frank Herbert's 1964 novel The Dosadi Experiment.
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