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"I operate by a code that makes me responsible for what I do, makes me definitely, directly, genuinely responsible. I am precisely the kind of person I made myself out to be."
- Harlan Ellison

Three Generation Work (Century Piece)  
  An artwork created by three consecutive generations of artists, in exactly one century.  

The two sat at a table of burnished lignum vitae, between them a centerpiece of carved malachite which Magnus Ridolph recognized as a Three-Generation Work from the Golwana coast of the planet Mugh - a product of father, son and son's son, toiled over a hundred years to the minute.*

(The catalogue of Pomukka Dhen, last of the Golwana emperors, listed seven thousand Century pieces, 136 Millennium pieces and fourteen Ten-Thousand Year pieces. A rumor had reached Magnus Ridolph of a Hundred-Thousand Year work nearing completion in the Backlands, a gigantic carved tourmaline.)

Technovelgy from The Sub-Standard Sardines, by Jack Vance.
Published by Startling Stories in 1949
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Compare to the Book of the Kalends from Galactic Pot-Healer (1969) by Philip K. Dick and the Darkdawn City from Dying of the Light (1977) by George RR Martin

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