"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
Good name for an expert forum; the word "answerboard" is rarely used on the Internet.
Obviously not an invention or prediction. However, Vinge makes a good point on how difficult it can be to really understand different bulletin boards and forums that have been in operation for years. A good teacher is often a good interface to a particular subject-matter.
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