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"The permanent government now is the anchorpeople. They don't get elected, and year after year they're responding emotionally to this or that."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Sentient Room  
  A room constructed entirely of flesh, dominated by the personality of a geisha.  

The room was full of flesh. It was made of it: satiny brown skin, broken here and there by rugs of lustrous black hair and mauve flashes of mucus membrane. Everything was involuted, curved: armchair lounges, a rounded mass like a bed of flesh, studded with mauve holes. Blood thrummed through a pipe-sized artery beneath his feet.

Another hooded lamp-device swiveled up on a sleek-skinned elbowed hinge. Dark eyes observed him. A mouth opened in the sleek rump of a footstool beside him. "Take off those velcro boots, darling. They itch."

Lindsay sat down. "It's you, Kitsune."

...He looked at the sleek masses of flesh. There was no face anywhere. From the walls and floors came the syncopated muffled thumping of half a dozen hearts.

From Schismatrix, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Arbor House in 1985
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And I thought the float-home, a houseboat created from a living entity, was a bit odd.

Thanks to Blue Monkey for pointing this one out.

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