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Which sf world has the best toys? - Input Junkie
January 31st, 2014
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Which sf world has the best toys?
Inspired by a comment to my previous post, I'm now wondering which sf world has the best toys, in the sense of either the best stuff you'd like to play with or the best stuff you could invent there.

I don't have a strong preference myself on this one. I'm looking for ideas.

This also reminds me of someone who said she loved cyberpunk because it had the best toys. The depressing societies which spoiled the fun for me didn't even register with her.

In Heavy Weather by Sterling [1], I admit I was very fond of the little helicopter for flying into giant tornadoes (do I remember correctly?), and I'm a bit more willing to believe that a high tech society with a water shortage is possible.

[1] Not to be confused with Mother of Storms by John Barnes, which makes me wince every time clathrates are mentioned.

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From:elenbarathi
Date:January 31st, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Without a doubt, Mimsy Were The Borogoves by Lewis Padgett.
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From:nancylebov
Date:January 31st, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Good point-- I was very disappointed when I read the story because I was already too old for the toys.
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From:elenbarathi
Date:January 31st, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
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I know; I was about 10 when I first read it, and I was already too old for them even then.
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From:sturgeonslawyer
Date:January 31st, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
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H'mmm. I'd have to go for Moorcock's "End of Time" sequence, where people pretty much have what they want by saying so.
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From:harvey_rrit
Date:February 1st, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
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I am possibly biased in favor of Known Space... but then again, Vernor Vinge's A FIRE UPON THE DEEP has matter imaging: computer simulations so good they can be made real.
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From:siliconshaman
Date:February 1st, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
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Well, Ironman's universe has the best tools [hey the suit's nice, but I covert that workshop!]

I rather like Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age" though. Nanotechnology and post scarcity society, without the dystopia...well, no more than the real world anyway. Plus a convincing explanation for steampunk tech.
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