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I blame it on HG Wells. Blatantly political all of his novels, and not at all the same level of science geekery as Jules Verne.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Feb 7th, 2013 at 12:22:10 PM EST
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Yes, not really science fiction:
He was a rotten scientist anyway, remarking among other things that a small, bolted-down square of Cavorite could rapidly squirt away the Earth's entire atmosphere. The student is invited to estimate what percentage of our planet's mass would be gravitationally screened off from the viewpoint of an oxygen molecule two miles up.

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by Number 6 on Fri Feb 8th, 2013 at 05:58:27 AM EST
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