"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
Most science fiction fans recall the imperial handicraft globe of Arrakis from Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert.
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'A series of chemelectric afferent nerve-analogues, which permitted it to gauge to an ounce the amount of pressure necessary to snap a bone...'
'The structure,... was once a great homeostatic newspaper, the New York Times. It printed itself directly below us...'
'These instruments were the wonderful ones our astronomers had perfected.'
'Dew collectors,' he muttered, enchanted by the simple beauty of such a scheme.
'The glittering little rocket bolted to the black iron behind him.'
'So what we're looking for now is not an antibiotic - an anti-life drug - but an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug...'
'Any adult could punch into the phone his or her code, followed by a yes or no.'
'All day long the idiots babbled, imprisoned in their special high-backed chairs...'
'Talking into a hush-a-phone which he had plugged into the telephone jack...'
Putting drugs into a selected cubic millimeter within the living brain.
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