"My father was a master mechanic; I grew up with a screwdriver in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other."
You may be familiar with other versions of this idea, which use only the interior surface of a rotated cylinder. Anderson cleverly uses all of the interior space for various purposes, rather than using it as "sky" or empty interior space. Or maybe for flying!
Most sf readers are familiar with Rama, from Arthur C. Clarke's novel of the same name. The earliest example of this that I can find is city of space, from a Jack Williamson story in 1931 (this article has a longer discussion of the antecedents for the idea). See also the can city from Hyperion (1989), by Dan Simmons.
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'Mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...'
Dune Fans! Power Your Devices With Sweaty Shirts
Yet another power source from humans.
'All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.'
Just like capsule endoscopy, but for bigger pipes. That go underground.
'Their radars... could easily pinpoint the debris of the early Space Age.'
NanoRacks Space Station Module Concept Validated
Space junk into space architecture.
'I sent my eyes on their rounds and tended my gallery of one hundred-thirty changing pictures...'
'Books were just a commodity that had to be produced, like jam or bootlaces.'
'Whenever a robot finds something it can't identify straight off... it puts whatever it is in the hopper outside your window.'
'Royal Security had told the pods to electrocute you or blast you into chum.'
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