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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Read Cordwainer Smith's "Alpha Ralpha Boulevard" last night. Smith imagines mankind getting bored of the bland utopia created for them by an inner circle of overlords called the Instrumentality. That seems to have been a concern of twentieth century science fiction (cf. Huxley's Brave New World, Lem's Return from the Stars). The excitement in Smith is seeing prophetic figures rise up to restore mankind to "normal."


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