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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Semisentient Plastic  
  A durable coating that protects and preserves objects.  

Mark ran a fingertip over the surface of a cabin wall as they passed. He frowned, rubbing his fingertips together. "The surface feels odd ... not much like wood."

"It's preserved. within a thin shell of semisentient plastic, which seals it, nourishes it... Mark, the damn boat was launched in 1843. Over two thousand years ago. There wouldn't be much left of her without preservation.

Technovelgy from Ring, by Stephen Baxter.
Published by HarperCollins in 1994
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