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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Anti-Onc Cream  
  An ointment used to cure skin cancers.  

The youths wore no head coverings at all, of course, which would "insult Ra by blocking the fierce love of his rays." Their rough, patchy complexions showed where anti-onc creams had sloughed precancerous lesions. Sunglasses were their only allowance for the sleeting ultraviolet, though Remi had heard of fanatics who preferred going slowly blind even to that concession.
From Earth, by David Brin.
Published by Bantam in 1990
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