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"...the people dealing with these new technologies will still be derived from the human stock we're familiar with today."
- Charles Stross

Flat Photo  
  A two-dimensional pictorial representation of a three-dimensional real space. A picture.  

I love words like this, where sf writers poke fun at our current reality.

...I sat, set my beer mug on the table, and slid across a flat photo of Johnny entering the farcaster booth on TC2. "Seen this guy?"

The old man glanced at the photo and returned his full attention to his whiskey.

From Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.
Published by Doubleday in 1989
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It's a word like groundcar or static house or inert-wear or tree-grown wood.

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