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In the novel, Mark Marakson is a misunderstood engineer in a world full of magic, a world parallel to our own in which science had been discarded. Attacked by the mob and disfigured, he is healed by the ancient machines.
The idea of an implantable, artificial eye is probably one of humankind's older dreams. In science fiction, you can go back to E.E. 'Doc' Smith's 1937 novel Galactic Patrol, if not further; see the artificial eye.
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'Each of the four areas is enclosed by a sonic wall...'
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'It's done with a flip of the third joint of the tentacle on the down beat.'
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'If you surf over a bump... If you surf over a pothole...'
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