"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
Compare to the Prime Directive from With Folded Hands (1947) by Jack Williamson, Relations with Extraterrestrial Life from Ogre (1944) by Clifford Simak and to the Law of Contact from Orphans of the Void (1952) by Orville Shaara.
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