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"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."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Tree-Grown Wood  
  The natural product, obtained by cutting down a living tree.  

The room wasn't big, it wasn't small: say ten by twelve. But it was cool, well-lighted and most imposingly furnished. The air recirculators were cleverly hidden behind animated friezes; the carpeting was thick and soft; and every piece of furniture was constructed from top to bottom of authentic, expertized, genuine tree-grown wood.
From Gravy Planet, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by Galaxy in 1952
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I like words like this, that emphasize the ultra-modernity in science fiction by reaching back to a simpler past. Compare to groundcar or static house or inert-wear or flat photo or tru-mem systems or post-crime punishment.

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