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Friday, June 08, 2007
H.G. Wells and Star Trek

Here's today's obscure bit of erudition.
I don't know if this was a direct hommage, but it's striking.

First, Star Trek IV, according to the net (I can't be bothered skipping through my DVD to check it, it's close enough).
Nichols: "Transparent aluminum?" Scott: "That's the ticket, laddie." Nichols: "It'd take years just to figure out the dynamics of this matrix." McCoy: "Yes, but you would be rich beyond the dreams of avarice!" --"STIV:TVH", Stardate 8390

Now, H.G. Wells in The First Men in the Moon (1901).
"Here is a [gravity-shielding] substance," I cried, "no home, no factory, no fortress, no ship can dare to be without--more universally applicable even than a patent medicine. There isn't a solitary aspect of it, not one of its ten thousand possible uses that will not make us rich, Cavor, beyond the dreams of avarice!"

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