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[Comments] (5) Nontrivial Tests For Being Trapped In A Cultural Artifact #2: Product placement. If you live in a modern consumer society, yet lead a Soviet-like existence in which there's effectively only one brand of soda, one type of car, etc, you're probably in a movie or TV show.

[Comments] (3) Iain Pears: I read An Instance of the Fingerpost, which everyone seems to love, and thought it was incredibly boring. Then I read The Dream of Scipio and thought it was really good. Conclusion: I like reading multiple, mutually analagous stories better than I like reading the same story told from multiple viewpoints.


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