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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Monobloc Dating System  
  A kind of pub with unique hardware and software for computer dating.  

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.

"Am I cramping your style?"

"No problem. Nobody hurries in the Monobloc. If you see someone you like -" My fingers danced over the lighted symbols on the edge of the table. "This gets you a map. Locate where she's sitting, put the cursor on it. That gets you a display...hmm."

I'd set the cursor on the white haired lady. I liked the readout.

From The Best of all Possible Wars, by Larry Niven.
Published by Baen Books in 1998
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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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