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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Hall of the Council  
  An enormous council chamber, fit for a galaxy.  

...I had passed through and stood in the Hall of the Council itself.

Involuntarily, as always, I paused on entering, so breath-taking was the immensity of the place. A single vast circular room, with a diameter of near two thousand feet, it covered almost all the mighty tower's first floor. From the edge of the great circle the room's floor sloped gently down toward its center, like a vast shallow bowl, and at the center stood the small black platform of the Council Chief. Out from that platform back clear to the great room's towering walls were ranged the countless rows of seats, just filling now with the great council's thousands of members.

Beings there were among those thousands from every peopled sun in all the Galaxy's hosts... creatures from Aldebaran, turtle-men of the amphibian races of that star; fur-covered and slow-moving beings from the planets of dying Betelgeuse; great octopus-creatures from mighty Vega; invertebrate insect-men from the races of Procyon...

From Crashing Suns, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Popular Fiction Publishing Co. in 1928
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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.

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Compare to the courtarena from Frank Herbert's 1964 novel The Dosadi Experiment.

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