"Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future, things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together."
In this story, Niven has created another variation on the theme of extended life. Drugs with true anti-geriatric properties are in common use, but cosmetic options are less well developed. It is hard to know someone's true age; the Monobloc dating system provided a local area network version of online dating.
In this era, people in their eighties still date actively; the software just gives them a little bit more information to go on before asking someone out on a date.
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