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Old 09-05-2019, 10:21 AM
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"You are not human," Sasha whispered.
"So? Neither are you."
"But I was human. I was a child. I remember that. I remember being loved."
"Does it matter to you?"
"I remember it."
"Trust me, I can remember anything you want. I remember being a child. Being raised by monkeys. Being a girl. Working as a cabin boy. Saving a baby out of the fire, scoring the winning goal during the World Cup. Memories are projections of events, and in this case it is much less important whether the events are real or not."
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Old 09-05-2019, 04:51 PM
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More human THAN human is our motto.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:20 PM
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I might not have believed this if a Human had said it. Humans said one thing with their bodies and another with their mouths and everyone had to spend time and energy figuring out what they really meant. And once we did understand them, the Humans got angry and acted as though we had stolen thoughts from their minds.
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:24 PM
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"The danger," said the Chief, "lies in the fact that while such a story has its existence apparently—to humans—only for its moral and emotional values, the tactical lesson which we so obviously recognize is not lost, either. To us, this story shows a way of conquering. To the humans it shows not only a way but a reason, a justification. A race whose motives are founded upon such justifications is tremendously dangerous to us."
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:12 PM
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This was the species whose main excuse for not doing something was 'if only I had more time'. Perfectly valid until you realised they did have more time. Not eternity, granted, but they had tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow. And the day after the day after tomorrow. In fact I would have to write 'the day after' thirty thousand times before a final 'tomorrow' in order to illustrate the amount of time on a humans hands.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:04 PM
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The more you love, the more you can love—and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just.
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:59 AM
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He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:53 PM
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They called me the Face of Boe.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:32 PM
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Stern and terrible shone that face that the sunset lit with fire. How vast it was no mind can ever measure, but Carter knew at once that man could never have fashioned it. It was a god chiselled by the hands of the gods, and it looked down haughty and majestic upon the seeker. Rumour had said it was strange and not to be mistaken, and Carter saw that it was indeed so; for those long narrow eyes and long-lobed ears, and that thin nose and pointed chin, all spoke of a race that is not of men but of gods. He clung overawed in that lofty and perilous eyrie, even though it was this which he had expected and come to find; for there is in a god’s face more of marvel than prediction can tell, and when that face is vaster than a great temple and seen looking down at sunset in the cryptic silences of that upper world from whose dark lava it was divinely hewn of old, the marvel is so strong that none may escape it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:07 PM
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Swearing, d’Angelo entered the elevator. Fortunately, that was also still in order. When he got to the bridge, everything looked pretty ordinary – except for the third body of the day, which was lying spread-eagled on the deck with an almost comical look of surprise on his face. Jang was dead, although d’Angelo couldn’t see the cause, but then, he was no doctor. He sighed dismally. Now he hadn’t a navigator either. Or a crew for that matter.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:31 PM
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He's the navigator, he could probably find you a route to Hawaii underwater.
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Old 09-13-2019, 10:00 AM
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Astrogator to crew. Stand by to change flux.
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Old 09-13-2019, 01:00 PM
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Don't try to hack the control systems--you could screw up life support. Besides, you're not an astrogator.
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:29 PM
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"How's your class in astrogation?"
"Oh, that — It seems funny to be teaching it instead of flunking it."
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:52 PM
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Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:56 PM
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And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:46 PM
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What mysteries will the Brain Bug reveal? Federal scientists are working around the clock to probe its secrets.
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Old 09-20-2019, 02:25 PM
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Science was many things, Nadia thought, including a weapon with which to hit other scientists.
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Old 09-21-2019, 06:16 PM
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It's poetry in motion
She turned her tender eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony

Mm, but she blinded me with science
She blinded me with science
And failed me in biology, yeh yeh

Now uh, huh huh
When I'm dancing close to her
Blinding me with science, science
Science
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Old 09-21-2019, 07:30 PM
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I stand atop a spiral stair
An oracle confronts me there
He leads me on, light years away
Through astral nights, galactic days

I see the works of gifted hands
Grace this strange and wondrous land
I see the hand of man arise
With hungry mind and open eyes
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Old 09-23-2019, 04:28 PM
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"Yes, but...what do you actually see?"

"A world on fire."
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:40 PM
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The other path held long patches of gray obscurity except for peaks of violence. He had seen a warrior religion there, a fire spreading across the universe with the Atreides green and black banner waving at the head of fanatic legions drunk on spice liquor.
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:16 AM
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"Maybe the locking mechanism shorted."

"No, no, it's a fire, and it's a bad one. Everybody, get over to the other side of the compartment! Move!"
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:17 PM
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Someone’s trying to lock down the ship. I can’t stop them but I think I can slow them down.
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Old 09-27-2019, 07:31 PM
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So it was I had my first experience of the New Accelerator. Practically we had been running about and saying and doing all sorts of things in the space of a second or so of time. We had lived half an hour while the band had played, perhaps, two bars. But the effect it had upon us was that the whole world had stopped for our convenient inspection. Considering all things, and particularly considering our rashness in venturing out of the house, the experience might certainly have been much more disagreeable than it was.
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Old 09-28-2019, 08:11 AM
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It's a trap!
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:10 PM
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"You think it's too convenient."

"I think it's a--"

"Trap. As do I. But we still have to check it out."
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:49 PM
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My heart pounded annoyingly in my ears, and it was getting harder to stay focused. I'd almost gotten trapped in here, and now I'd come back. Sometimes I did have truly terrible ideas.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:15 PM
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Quizzie rolled her eyes. “It was a terrible idea to ram the cruiser with the Rimbolan, but it was still beautifully executed,” she said
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:07 PM
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My ship – the Demeter, was a star-liner operated by the Red Star Line. I say ‘was’ because of the events you will read about in this account. This is a long letter, I know, but I had quite a long time to write it. You probably already know this, having seen the commercials running on all the major channels for the last twenty years or so, but the Red Star Line is the largest cruise operator in the known universe.
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:17 PM
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"You are Beowuif Shaeffer, former chief pilot for Nakamura Lines."
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:42 PM
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“He remembered a pilot telling him once, 'They pay us a hundred thousand dollars or more a year, Brian, and they really do it for just one reason. They know that in almost every pilot's career, there are thirty or forty seconds when he might actually make a difference. They pay us not to freeze when those seconds finally come.”
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:13 PM
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The pilot of the Crazy Eddie probe lay disassembled on the smooth white plastic surface. Its organs were arranged in a semblance to the positions they'd had before dissection, with black lines drawn across the flayed skin to join them to points on the skin and the exploded skeleton
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:51 PM
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On the surface, Eli seemed perfectly normal, but now and then Victor would catch a crack, a sideways glance, a moment when his roommate's face and his words, his look and his meaning, would not line up. Those fleeting slices fascinated Victor. It was like watching two people, one hiding in the other's skin. And their skin was always too dry, on the verge of cracking and showing the color of the thing beneath.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:44 PM
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The membrane is a psychoactive substance we call Skin. Through a combination of psychokinesis and redaction, the practitioner is able to muster healing energies own mind and body. Injuries, disease, cancers, the debilities of age--all respond to treatment if the patient's mind is strong enough to cooperate with the healer.
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:37 PM
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Her people, like all the other people on earth, were too self-centered, too introspective. Perhaps that was inevitable, for their isolation was well enforced. But as a result the healers has been too shortsighted; by protecting the dreamsnakes, they had kept them from maturing.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:28 PM
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Protector was the adult form of the human species. Child, breeder, protector. At middle age—younger for some species of hominid, older for a few, around forty five for humans—a breeder can become a protector. His/her skin thickens and wrinkles to armor. The brain case expands. A second two-chamber heart grows where the femoral arteries run into the legs.
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Old 10-14-2019, 01:54 PM
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Then you're seventy-five, friends are dead, and you've replaced at least one major organ: you have to pee four times a night, and you can't go up a flight a stairs without being little winded -- and your're told you're in pretty good shape for your age.

[....], in a decade you'll be eighty-five, and the only difference between you and a raisin will be that while you're both wrinkled and without a prostate, the raisin never had a prostate to begin with.
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Old 10-14-2019, 06:32 PM
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“We're all fools," said Clemens, "all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day. We think, I'm not a fool today. I've learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we're not perfect and live accordingly.”
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:23 AM
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I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:01 PM
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If we presume that the boundary of the universe is a kind of surrounding wall,
then we think like ancestors who thought there's abyss at the edge of flat earth.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:39 PM
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There is an energy barrier at the rim of your galaxy.
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