"I was perfectly satisfied to write science fiction knowing that it would pay very little, that it would be seen by only a very few people."
I can't resist terms like this, used to enhance the contrast between the dull present and the exciting future.
Compare to terms like groundcar from Galactic Patrol (1937) by Doc Smith, static house from The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista (1962) by J.G. Ballard, post-crime from The Minority Report (1956) by Philip K. Dick , dumb matter from Accelerando (2005), by Charles Stross and inert-wear from Say Goodby to the Wind (1970), by J.G. Ballard. I'd also add normal space from Islands of Space (1931) by John W. Campbell and flat photo from Hyperion (1989) by Dan Simmons.
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It's whatever the Party says it is, Winston.
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'Take care, sir.'
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'Huge and old, it squatted in the center of the settlement park... On the concrete platform... lay a heap of originals to be duplicated.'
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'And some mega chip inside so it never runs into anything and no cop ever sees it.'
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