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  •  make it into (11+ / 0-)

    an argument, if you wish, pretentious or otherwise. But this kind of writing is creative imagination first, examining the possibilities of what might be, and science-type stuff second. IMHO, of course.

    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 09:13:49 AM PST

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    •  You misspelled IMAO. (1+ / 0-)
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      As previously stated, I detest this sort of parsing.
      End of line.

      We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

      by raptavio on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 09:18:21 AM PST

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    •  I entirely agree (5+ / 0-)

      The Hitchhiker books are primarily about the amazing use of language. They are also a commentary on our society - the pettiness of bureaucracy, the madness of democracy, the venal nature of marketing and HR people, the contrary irritation of insincere and over-effusive customer service, the soothing effects of a cup of tea. And they are about a surreal, madcap romp. The fact that space happens to be the setting, and he invents all sorts of spaceships and other worlds and bizarre concepts in which to set his work does not make it science fiction in my view. - Where Pragmatic Progressives are now Regrouping - Clear thinking liberals welcome

      by ultraviolet uk on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 01:33:50 PM PST

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