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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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Reminds me of Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age, where the rich neo-Victorian aristocrats have beautiful custom-made objects (as well as lots of cool tech, because this is Stephenson after all) and the plebs have to make do with mass-produced crap pulled straight out of a matter compiler.At one point the protagonist ends up with a bunch of artisans who are living the good life hand-making stuff for the Victorians and are incredibly proud of going back to basics in a high-tech universe. She points out that the only reason they're self-sufficient is because the Victorians are able and willing to trade large amounts of dough in return for genuine hand-knitted sweaters and the like. It doesn't go down well.

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