"We are all repositories for genetically-encoded information that we're all spreading back and forth amongst each other, all the time. We're just lousy with information."
Compare to the ships with legs from Buck Rogers: 2430 AD (1929) by Nowlan and Calkin, the centipede-machine from Monsters of Mars (1931) by Edmond Hamilton, the robass from The Quest for Saint Aquin (1951) by Anthony Boucher and the walking fort from The Killing Machine (1964) by Jack Vance.
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