"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
This is an early reference to a practical idea - inflatable structures do not require as much mass lifted up from Earth.
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'Then they press one of these here thirteen buttons...'
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'...in the tank the new body and the new mind and memory and life has taken almost instant form.'
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'The atmosphere yielded its moisture with reluctance. It had to be coaxed down...'
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