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technology in sci-fi

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:35 PM

EST120


So I was thinking, from all the sci-fi movies, tv shows, books etc. what one piece of technology would you love to have in everyday life?

Those transporters from Star Trek are pretty cool, especially with the current price of gas.

What do other people think?


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Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:38 PM

RMMC


Time Travel.

Just think....you'll be able to sleep/play/party as long as you'd like and never be late for anything!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 1:57 PM

CYBERSNARK


Replicators.

The Star Trek kind, not the every-bug-related-nightmare-you've-ever-had-is-coming-to-kill-you things from Stargate.

I prepare a lot of meals for myself. Thing is, all the remotely healthy food I know how to make (and can make with the food-parts in my mom's house) serves 2 or more, and typically requires more than an hour to make (courtesy of my mother's philosophy that a "meal" is when you start making dinner at lunch time and have all your friends over).

Since I have no friends in the area, and have better things to do than spend half my time cooking, I'm always having microwave soup, sandwiches, and/or ramen.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:00 PM

PENGUIN


A holosuite....I can go everywhere from the comfort of my home!


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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:00 PM

CITIZEN


Holodecks? Not that I'd use it for that, you have adirty mind!



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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:00 PM

ODDSBODSKINS


the three shells from demolition man, just to figure out how the hell they work!


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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:01 PM

CITIZEN


JINX!



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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:14 PM

VINTERDRAKEN


Think I would have to answer that I would want a Firefly. Not only could it serve as my home, it would also allow me to cruise our solarsystem, exploring it. It would meen total freedom.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:14 PM

VINTERDRAKEN


Think I would have to answer that I would want a Firefly. Not only could it serve as my home, it would also allow me to cruise our solarsystem, exploring it. It would meen total freedom.

You can’t stop the Signal.
Keep spreading the word about Firefly!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:14 PM

VINTERDRAKEN


Think I would have to answer that I would want a Firefly. Not only could it serve as my home, it would also allow me to cruise our solarsystem, exploring it. It would meen total freedom.

You can’t stop the Signal.
Keep spreading the word about Firefly!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:14 PM

VINTERDRAKEN


Think I would have to answer that I would want a Firefly. Not only could it serve as my home, it would also allow me to cruise our solarsystem, exploring it. It would meen total freedom.

You can’t stop the Signal.
Keep spreading the word about Firefly!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:14 PM

VINTERDRAKEN


Think I would have to answer that I would want a Firefly. Not only could it serve as my home, it would also allow me to cruise our solarsystem, exploring it. It would meen total freedom.

You can’t stop the Signal.
Keep spreading the word about Firefly!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:14 PM

VINTERDRAKEN


Think I would have to answer that I would want a Firefly. Not only could it serve as my home, it would also allow me to cruise our solarsystem, exploring it. It would meen total freedom.

You can’t stop the Signal.
Keep spreading the word about Firefly!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:38 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Only two things really stand out:
1 A Firefly, but since I can't fly it or keep it in repair that might be a problem.
2 The Tardis, but since I can't operate it or keep it in repair that might be a problem.

I wonder if the fact that both things I'd like are modes of transportation say something about me, on the other hand they are also both homes.

Though we never do, to my knowledge, see the actual bedrooms in the Tardis, or the kitchen, or the bathroom, but you just know that they're there, down the hall somewhere.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:08 PM

MICJWELCH


I'd want a Firefly too. Cuz it's bigger than the Millenium Falcon, even if the Firefly's don't have a hyperdrive. But that's kinda cliche on this forumn, so...

I think an android would be nice. One that doesn't complain much, and would do all my chores for me.




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Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:22 PM

ONEMANSHORT


The sexual magnetism virus from series 8 of red dwarf. That would be so awesome. Or that thing that can stop time, turn back time, or anything, either one would be fun. I can't remember what its called. Red Dwarf had some good technology. But for spaceships it would be Firefly all the way.



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Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:37 PM

BELUGASMOM


Ditto Replicators a la Star Trek." More precisely, the molecule recombiner/rearranger thingy machine from a book I can't remember. [I suppose if I describe the plot, SOMEONE on fff will know, so.....story starts out with some hideously rich father having an island made-out of nanotechnology, I think-for his daughter's birthday, then there was a "book", written as her life progressed, reflecting what happened in her life] Anyway, the machine took recombined molecules into whatever you needed, and also you could put waste materials into it, and THOSE molecules would be rearranged into something else.............Anyway, THE POINT BEING, these machine were in every home, even the poorest, so no one went hungry. Basic food stuffs with adequate nutrition were available at all times to everyone. Also, garbage dumps, recycling centers, etc were obsolete because these machine were all over and everyone just "recycled" refuse at the molecular level. PLEASE someone tell me the name of this book......I've been thinking alot lately about it, and all the ideas/inventions/new technologies in it, and I'd really like to have my own copy. OK, sorry, that was a bit long.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:48 PM

MYCROFTXXX


Dragons of Pern.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:56 PM

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I would go with droids from Star Wars, an R-series droid for me and a 3PO droid to annoy the crap out of my mom



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Sunday, July 23, 2006 7:34 PM

CALIFORNIAKAYLEE


Quote:

not the every-bug-related-nightmare-you've-ever-had-is-coming-to-kill-you things from Stargate


Aw man, my programmer-type nature is showing. I read that and thought software bugs. Not creepy-crawlies, but rather things that crash the server. And I have had nightmares about those.

For me, it's a tough choice between a Firefly and a transporter. Hm, freedom or instant travel? Or is instant travel freedom? And are Fireflies gas guzzlers? Hmmm...

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 8:37 PM

NANITE1018


I'd probably want a Firefly or a replicator from Star Trek, only able to make more things, and bigger. Probably a Firefly though. A time machine like the TARDIS would be cool too.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 9:27 PM

RODWY


I have a list of these, each has a reason.

1. A Firefly(well you already know)
2. Become a super soldier from Project: Snowblind(That would be awsome)
3. Holodeck(I would never have to go to the airports again, I could go anywhere without leaving my house)
4. Star Trek Replicator(never have to cook again)
5. Shield thighy from Stargate Atlantis(I'd do so many stupid things just to scare people and never get hurt)
6. Strider from Half Life 2(cause it would be all like "stomp, stomp, stomp" and you'd be all "AAGGGH! help!" And it'd be all "budda, budda, budda" and you'd be all "it's killing me!" and it'd be all "Stab-you-through-chest-with-foot: And you'd be all "oh no I'm dead" Heh heh. That'd be awesome........I mean BAD! That'd be BAD!)


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Monday, July 24, 2006 2:11 AM

REVOLTIX


I'd have a crack at a Firefly, bound by no fences.

Second on my wish list, some sort of time travelling device would go down well.

Either one of those would be good, I'd prefer the first ;)

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Monday, July 24, 2006 2:41 AM

CAUSAL


Quote:

Originally posted by Rodwy:
6. Strider from Half Life 2(cause it would be all like "stomp, stomp, stomp" and you'd be all "AAGGGH! help!" And it'd be all "budda, budda, budda" and you'd be all "it's killing me!" and it'd be all "Stab-you-through-chest-with-foot: And you'd be all "oh no I'm dead" Heh heh. That'd be awesome........I mean BAD! That'd be BAD!)



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Monday, July 24, 2006 10:47 AM

RMMC


Quote:

Originally posted by christhecynic:
Only two things really stand out:
1 A Firefly, but since I can't fly it or keep it in repair that might be a problem.
2 The Tardis, but since I can't operate it or keep it in repair that might be a problem.

I wonder if the fact that both things I'd like are modes of transportation say something about me, on the other hand they are also both homes.



It may also say something about me as when I wrote Time Travel, my mind was thinking of the TARDIS. Which being the case, one can be on a firefly at will (and good course plotting )

Quote:

Originally posted by christhecynic:
Though we never do, to my knowledge, see the actual bedrooms in the Tardis, or the kitchen, or the bathroom, but you just know that they're there, down the hall somewhere.



I though we at least saw Tegan's (and/or Nyssa's) room in the TARDIS during Peter Davison's era. Any older Whovians remember?
I do remember the OMG sized swimming pool. I want one of those in my TARDIS. Plus the Cloister room.



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Monday, July 24, 2006 11:16 AM

METTASUTRA


There's something called a Prose Portal in a novel by Jasper Fforde called The Eyre Affair. You can read yourself into anything written: poem, novel, laundry label. The heroine, Thursday Next, gets to meet Mr. Rochester. Gotta be careful to interact with characters when they're not "on" in the story, though, or you end up written into the book, changing the plot. Fforde's hilarious, on the page and speaking in public.

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Monday, July 24, 2006 11:44 AM

RMMC


I love those books!! (yeah, there's more: Lost in a Good Book , The Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten. )

I just don't want to be in the mammoth migratory route.

Am jealous you've got to see Fforde in person.

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Monday, July 24, 2006 12:08 PM

METTASUTRA


He was delightful. A bit high on himself, but no less funny for it. If I remember, he described an invention: a semi-digital, semi-industrial, semi-mystical process that turned out to be...reading.

Don't know if he can sustain the world he's created; I found each next book in the Thursday Next series to be a little less vital. What do you think?

( Haven't read the latest, the "nursery crimes.")

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Monday, July 24, 2006 12:35 PM

RMMC


I started to think and asked myself what was less good about it. My answer was is was more predictable than the first book had been. And I think that part of the reason it may seem so is as the books go on, we're getting more used to the world he created, so it seems a little less shiny, strange and mystifying as we're now able to apply the logic for it's 'verse and get a somewhat accurate idea of what's going to happen.

I already know that the more easily I can predict something in either books, TV or movies (on my first viewing) the less I like it.

Movies that are predictable I simply loathe. They have a new unvarnished palate...they *should* be able to surprise me, and more than just once. There just isn't any excuse for being pedantric and predictable.

TV and books I'll be a little more forgiving to as the more time you spend immersed in the world of said book or TV show, the more time you have to become familiar with it, and more likely to be able to accurately predict a character's response to a given situation. At that point, as I said, I'm willing to forgive a bit more so long as it's presented well.

I feel the Thursday next novels are presented reasonably well. Not a Bradbury or Tolkien level, but above average.

Nope, I haven't read 'Nursey Crimes' yet either. i have hopes of being able to do so later this year.

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Monday, July 24, 2006 1:05 PM

RODWY


Quote:

Originally posted by Causal:
Quote:

Originally posted by Rodwy:
6. Strider from Half Life 2(cause it would be all like "stomp, stomp, stomp" and you'd be all "AAGGGH! help!" And it'd be all "budda, budda, budda" and you'd be all "it's killing me!" and it'd be all "Stab-you-through-chest-with-foot: And you'd be all "oh no I'm dead" Heh heh. That'd be awesome........I mean BAD! That'd be BAD!)



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Monday, July 24, 2006 1:40 PM

CAUSAL


Quote:

Originally posted by Rodwy:
Quote:

Originally posted by Causal:
Quote:

Originally posted by Rodwy:
6. Strider from Half Life 2(cause it would be all like "stomp, stomp, stomp" and you'd be all "AAGGGH! help!" And it'd be all "budda, budda, budda" and you'd be all "it's killing me!" and it'd be all "Stab-you-through-chest-with-foot: And you'd be all "oh no I'm dead" Heh heh. That'd be awesome........I mean BAD! That'd be BAD!)



Is it bad that I find this extremely funny?

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Oh. In that case, I'm off to confession.

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Monday, July 24, 2006 2:12 PM

FIZZIX


Me's gonna want a TARDIS, but me's also probably gonna have the Doctor on call.

Me's also wanting the Enterprise... D. With original bridge crew of the Original (plus Dr. McCoy and Scotty, of course!), plus special crew members from the D.

Whee.... Oh, I just wanted you guys to think I wasn't a browncoat, Me does want a Firefly. Preferably Serenity.

And Mal's gun.

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Monday, July 24, 2006 2:13 PM

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Blast the Double postage.

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Monday, July 24, 2006 4:04 PM

CYBERSNARK


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Originally posted by micjwelch:
I think an android would be nice. One that doesn't complain much, and would do all my chores for me.

We're halfway there.

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,71426-0.html

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Hiroshi Ishiguro is a busy man. Between his two jobs, countless meetings and presentations, his demanding schedule was eating up all his time. So he built an android version of himself to pick up the slack.
[. . .]
"If I could have one at the university, and one at ATR, I would just do all my work from a hot-springs resort,"




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Monday, July 24, 2006 6:59 PM

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Originally posted by BelugasMom:
Ditto Replicators a la Star Trek." More precisely, the molecule recombiner/rearranger thingy machine from a book I can't remember. [I suppose if I describe the plot, SOMEONE on fff will know, so.....story starts out with some hideously rich father having an island made-out of nanotechnology, I think-for his daughter's birthday, then there was a "book", written as her life progressed, reflecting what happened in her life] Anyway, the machine took recombined molecules into whatever you needed, and also you could put waste materials into it, and THOSE molecules would be rearranged into something else.............Anyway, THE POINT BEING, these machine were in every home, even the poorest, so no one went hungry. Basic food stuffs with adequate nutrition were available at all times to everyone. Also, garbage dumps, recycling centers, etc were obsolete because these machine were all over and everyone just "recycled" refuse at the molecular level. PLEASE someone tell me the name of this book......I've been thinking alot lately about it, and all the ideas/inventions/new technologies in it, and I'd really like to have my own copy. OK, sorry, that was a bit long.



Belugas,
I'm pretty sure the book you're talking about is the Daimond Age by Neil Stephenson (a great scifi/cyberpunk author btw).

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:56 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by BelugasMom:
Anyway, the machine took recombined molecules into whatever you needed, and also you could put waste materials into it, and THOSE molecules would be rearranged into something else.


I'm not sure if this is what it was called in the thing you're thinking of, but I believe the term used to describe such a device is, "Universal Constructor."

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:22 AM

MAL4PREZ


A farcaster house from the novel Hyperion. Imagine - every room on a different planet. A bathroom floating on a platform in the tropics connecting directly to a bedroom on a treetop hundreds of feet up, with a rec room in the center of big city. How cool is that?

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 12:00 PM

BELUGASMOM


THANK YOU to RCAT! Yes yes yes YES that's the book! I was at a bookstore yesterday. I had a vague notion the author's name started with N, but couldn't remember if it was the first or last. Then after I'd left the store, I got a vague notion the word "diamond" was in the title. Thanks so much! Now I'm off to www.abebooks.com to find it in hardcover..........BROWNCOATS, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 12:03 PM

BELUGASMOM


to CHRISTHECYNIC: I have no idea if that is what the device is called in the book, but I'll soon find out, thanks to RCAT I'm off to buy it. :)*******************(I'd put lots 'o happy face emoticons here, but I don't know how.)

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 12:05 PM

CHRISISALL


I'd want the Delorean from Back To The Future, as well as the thing that was hanging Marty's dad upside down in BTTF 2- my back HURTS!!!

Well you're right, you're riiight Chrisisall

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:32 PM

ZZETTA13


I think I'd like a transporter machine like in the original Star Trek. Be nice to go places in a flash.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006 8:00 PM

RODWY


Another reason for wanting a holodeck from star trek. Can you actually imagine what it would be like to actually be in your favorite videogame, I would never get tired of playing Half-Life.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006 10:02 PM

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better yet: Halo


better game than Hλlf-Life



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Wednesday, July 26, 2006 10:56 PM

PSYCHOTIC


After the needed holodeck and TARDIS (and possibly light-sabre), I'd want Sean Kennedy VI's scout helmet from Afternow.

http://theafternow.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Kennedy#The_Sean_Kennedy_Chronicles:
_Tales_from_the_Afternow

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 6:59 AM

CAVALIER


How about the Jewel fron the Greg Egan short story Learning to be Me. It makes a continously updated copy of your brain, ready to replace it when it stops working.

If you look at it the right way, it means that you need never truly die.

That sounds pretty useful.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:49 AM

GABRIEL


"The molecule recombiner/rearranger thingy machine from a book I can't remember. [I suppose if I describe the plot, SOMEONE on fff will know, so.....story starts out with some hideously rich father having an island made-out of nanotechnology, I think-for his daughter's birthday, then there was a "book", written as her life progressed, reflecting what happened in her life]"

I'm pretty sure you mean "The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson. There were some amazing ideas in that one. My favorites from that book:

1) The primer.
2) Dust-repellent clothing.
3) Mediatronic tattoos, toilet paper, walls, etc.
4) The robot horse as light as a briefcase.
5) Internal sound system.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:53 AM

GABRIEL


Quote:

Originally posted by Cavalier:
How about the Jewel fron the Greg Egan short story Learning to be Me. It makes a continously updated copy of your brain, ready to replace it when it stops working.

If you look at it the right way, it means that you need never truly die.

That sounds pretty useful.



Ah, but in that story, didn't the main character get trapped as a passenger inside his own head?

There's usually a catch.


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Thursday, July 27, 2006 6:46 PM

REAVERINA1985RIVIERA


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Originally posted by chrisisall:
I'd want the Delorean from Back To The Future,

Well you're right, you're riiight Chrisisall



Aah, gorramit, you beat me to it, but I prefer the Part 2 version= flying capability and a mini-fusion reactor(no Devo suit or deadly plutonium needed for timetravel)

I've wanted a real DeLorean ever since 5th grade.

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Two. One to try to put it in and another to find a bigger hammer.

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Friday, July 28, 2006 4:47 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by ReaverInA1985Riviera:
I prefer the Part 2 version= flying capability and a mini-fusion reactor(no Devo suit or deadly plutonium needed for timetravel)




Well you're right, you're riiiiight Chrisisall

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Friday, July 28, 2006 7:46 AM

SUNNYJ


I think i'd like to get my hands on some of that Luck Virus from Red Dwarf. I could then use my super luck power in some way to help get our favourite show back. Then afterwards proably go and buy a few lottery tickets on my way to the Casino!

'Poor little thing. Never even saw the light of day, now it's in showbusiness.'

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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:26 AM

CAVALIER


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Originally posted by Gabriel:
Quote:

Originally posted by Cavalier:
How about the Jewel fron the Greg Egan short story Learning to be Me. It makes a continously updated copy of your brain, ready to replace it when it stops working.

If you look at it the right way, it means that you need never truly die.

That sounds pretty useful.



Ah, but in that story, didn't the main character get trapped as a passenger inside his own head?

There's usually a catch.


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RIVER: They weren't cows inside. They were waiting to be, but they forgot. Now they see the sky and they remember what they are.
MAL: Is it bad that what she said made perfect sense to me?



Strictly speaking, not the central character. And he was only a prisoner (in effect) for a week or so before he was killed.

With any technology you have to expect the occasional glitch.

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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:21 PM

STARFIGHTER66


I would have to say the TARDIS, as long as it comes with a certain pretty blond companion.
I dont have one for the firefly class but here is a sales brochure for the tardis, not too shure on their financing though :)

http://www.propcircle.com/pics/showphoto.php?photo=139&cat=500&ppuser=
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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:37 PM

GUYWHOWANTSAFIREFLYOFHISOWN


something else: the chemical from the recent SG Atlantis



http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php
-try it out, I dare you

98% of teens have smoked pot, if you are one of the 2% that haven't, copy this into your signature

I'm so into Firefly, my butt glows in the dark.

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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:46 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


I can't believe no one has said the starship Heart of Gold from Hitchhiker's Guide. It has it all! You could go anywhere, do anything, go back in time, foreward in time, and there would always be a very cheerful central computer to help you out. Man, that'd be sweet. Especially if it was like the movie version and had that thing that could make anything you were craving. I want that ship!

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Saturday, July 29, 2006 5:02 AM

CYBERSNARK


Quote:

Originally posted by starfighter66:
a certain pretty blond companion.

Well, that. . . doesn't narrow it down at all.

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