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Modern Larry Niven

I'm reading a collection of Draco Tavern stories and Fleet of Worlds. Some of the stories are recent -- 2000, 2006. They still seem to have the old touch, apart from snarky comments about Iraqis, a "we try to prevent those" from a character in response to a list of sexual perversions, including male-male attraction, and Rich Schumann thinking there are 1e20 cells in the human brain.

Fleet of Worlds seems nice so far. There was a nice touch of modern AI/data mining applied to translation of tapped video. One might wonder why the puppeteers wouldn't think of that. One is then answered, as Nessus connects language to intelligence, and then one is invited to imagine what the puppeteers make of AI. Yeah. Pierson's puppeteers are like the epitome of "Safe-Tech".

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