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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

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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