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  1. See http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheCuckoolanderWasRight :
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  3. > In A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge, there's a galaxy-spanning Usenet-like network where various aliens discuss the book's crisis, from a number of different perspectives. One particular alien, "Twirlip of the Mists", is talking through several layers of auto-translation software on an extremely low-bandwidth connection, so most of what it says sounds rather bizarre. It's pretty much all exactly right, though, including such apparent nonsense as "hexapodia is the key insight".
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  5. And http://mindstalk.net/vinge/fire.html :
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  7. > By the way, Twirlip of the Mists was not a bizarre, insane freak. Twirlip of the Mists was amazingly perceptive, or rather knowledgeable, although alas had nowhere near the eloquence of Sandor at the Zoo. Hint: look carefully at the first description of the Skroderiders.
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  9. For an exhaustive explanation: http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written/msg/363872eddf57bbfa?hl=en
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  11. One of my favorite quotes (from USENET!):
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  13. "I read science fiction because it's not about the mundane, ordinary problems that we face every day. I read science fiction because I want to argue humanity's case before a galactic tribunal. I read science fiction because I want to battle hideous creatures beneath the hurtling moons of Barsoom. I read science fiction because I want to go on a covert mission inside the city of the alien beings who hold humanity in thrall. I read science fiction because, well, hexapodia is the key insight" - Pete McCutchen, rec.arts.sf.written, Oct. 21, 2000
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  15. My minor contribution is to point out that this is actually mentioned on the back of the mass market paperback. With caps added for emphasis:
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  17. "Fiercely original... Compelling ideas in the book include problems and advantages of group mind, GALACTIC COMMUNICATIONS TURBIDITY, and the prospect of civilizations aspiring to godhood." - Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog
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