"I've come across more and more people who've actually tried reading science fiction and can't make it make sense."
Just a passing reference in this novel. However, I wonder why something like this is not available. Contact lenses are cheap; lenses are made that are weighted (for people with astigmatism - it matters which way the lens is oriented), so you could have vertical slit pupils.
Doesn't Professor Hooch (in Harry Potter) have pupils like a cat's? Not quite a trend, but it's a fashion eyewear accessory to look out for.
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