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"To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer."
- Robert Heinlein

Control Natural  
  A person who is allowed to have an unmodified genetic makeup.  

In this future society envisioned by Heinlein, genetic breeding can work wonders for individuals. However, not everyone benefits.

"...You make me tired. You've got a cleaner pedigree than ninety-nine out of a hundred, and a chromosome chart that's as neat and orderly as a checker board. Yet you're yiping about it. How would you like to be a control natural? How would you like to have to wear lenses against your eyeballs? How would you like to be subject to a dozen filthy diseases? Or have your teeth fall out, and have to chew your meals with false choppers?"

"Of course, nobody would want to be a control natural," Monroe-Alpha said reflectively, "but the ones I've known seemed to be happy enough.

Technovelgy from Beyond This Horizon, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1942
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