Via ST(O). I’m not should if the intention is to mock the sci fi story, or to highlight the difficulty of writing (and reading) when you cannot assume the reader is familiar with the subject, word, concept, history, etc. Contemporary fiction authors have it so easy.
This quote from a Charles Stross interview is a classic example:
CS: I wrote “Lobsters” and showed it to a friend. He said “that’s really cool, but you’ll never sell it–the audience would have to overdose on Slashdot for six months before they got it.” He was completely right–he just underestimated the number of people out there who overdose on Slashdot!
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