"I've been very obsessive about writing science fiction for far too many years. Anyone with an ounce of sense would have given up years ago."
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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Fungi-Infused Concrete Repairs Itself
'I noticed that curious mottled knots were forming, indicating where the room had been strained and healed faultily.'
Shiftwear Display Shoes
'He unlaced her shoe and glanced at its readout.'
NASA SEXTANT First With X-Ray Nav In Space
'You need at least four beacons for an accurate fix.'
GM Introduces Cruise AV With No Steering Wheel
'How about the steering wheel?' ... 'I do not need one.'
Subsurface Martian Ice Slabs Piece Of Cake For Miners
'One shy little fellow with bloodshot eyes of old-time drillman stood up. 'I'm an ice miner,' he said.'
LG Rollable Version Of Niven's Poster TV
'A television that unrolled like a poster.'
Multi-Robot Farming On Highly Sloped Land
High Plains, indeed.
Aeolus Robot Brings Jetson's Rosie Closer
Domestic duties, robotically performed.
Sony's New, Cuter Aibo Robot Puppy
Engineered to be adorable.
Earth-1 Transformer Gundam Car
Is it a Gundam? Or maybe a Transformer.
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