SOC Chapter 3: "The Great Karlini's Problem"

Here's something else that also put this book ahead of the curve: you'll notice that the seeds of the bioengineered nanotech plot that become so important in the later books are right here. Engines of Creation was published in 1986, but I'd already been thinking about the biology of magic generation since medical school. The throw-away reference in this chapter was already the tip of a highly developed iceberg...

Of course, there's very little point in tooting a horn that went almost totally unheard, unless it involved a prescient filing with the Patent Office, so feel free to pay it no heed and move smartly along.

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