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(Vaguely)SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEW: “The Fourth Bear” by Jasper Fforde (2006)

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It is a little-known fact about Cucumbers that as they grow they can filter Deuterium and Tritium from groundwater and store it in themselves in ever-greater concentrations. This isn’t a problem ordinarily as Deuterium is harmless to people and cucumbers are, on the whole, pretty small. However, if a cucumber were grown to a weight of exactly fifty pounds, it would have reached critical mass and would explode like an atomic bomb. A thermo-Cucular Bomb.

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Pretentious People Refuse To Admit Things They Like Are Science Fiction

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I like science fiction, right? No big question about that. I’m an unrepentant geek, and I have been for as long as I can remember. (Though my memory isn’t quite as good as it probably would have been, had I not received so many beatings from the other kids when I was young, all of them because I was a geek. I probably had it coming to me.) The point being that I’m sort of biased towards SF the way most guys are biased towards football or NASCAR: I just love it, and there’s no real reason why.

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Why Aren’t There More Interesting Planets In Science Fiction?

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A while ago I was just trying to come up with a bunch of Science Fiction planets for some reason, and to my surprise, I could only come up with a handful of that were inherently interesting because of the structure of the planet itself. Perhaps not coincidentally, most of them are from Larry Niven:

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