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"...a market economy is essentially a genetic algorithm for solving resource allocation problems..."
- Charles Stross

Graluz  
  A contained, concealed breeding pond for the frog-like Gowachin.  

The Gowachin are a frog-like race; they are at least as intelligent as people, and have a remarkable social organization that is slowly revealed in the novel.

But despite their advance to sentience, they still obey the ancient urges that shaped their species.

Gowachin never strayed far from water. The Graluz - that central pool and sanctuary for females, the place where the Gowachin raised those tads which survived the ravenous weeding by the male parent - the Graluz always remained a central fixation for the Gowachin.

There was always the water, contained water, the nervous slapping of wavelets against walls. The sound conveyed no fixed rhythms, but it was a profound clue to the Gowachin: contained, yet always different.

From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
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Frank Herbert's novels contain a wide variety of species; the Gowachin, the Palenki, the Wreaves. But the Gowachin are very sympathetically portrayed; I always liked this classic Gowachin aphorism:

"All sentient beings are created unequal. The best society provides each with equal opportunity to float at his own level."

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