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Yet another weird SF fan

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Dental Implants and Senator Obama

While contemplating the possibility that I might need a dental implant soon, I figured there was an upside. At least, it's a sign that I'm living in a science-fiction world. Teeth bonded to the bone were only seen in Isaac Asimov's science fiction a few decades ago. (In The Currents of Space, one of the Great Squires has a metallic smile from the artificial teeth attached to his jawbones. In Pebble in the Sky, a time traveller has bridgework which was thought to be homemade in the future society because the teeth weren't attached to the bone.)

So … while I was thinking “At least this is the Glorious Future when All Things Are Possible …” I realized that much of Senator Obama's support comes from the same attitude. After all, a black President (never mind that Obama is as white as he is black and that his true ethnic group is probably Anthropologist) was also a way for SF writers to signify “This Is the Future.”


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