"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
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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