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HOW LIKE A GODDESS

PROLOGUE 1: PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEW JERSEY, LATE ’40s

A young boy sits reading sequential volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. He has reached the P’s and is absorbed by the entry on primates. A tall gangly man sits down.

Man: What a pile you have there.

Boy nods but will clearly engage no further.

Man: I bet you have all sorts of ideas about what you want to be when you grow up. Tell me, what does a boy who reads so much dream of becoming?

Boy sits perplexed. The future as something to dream oneself into has never occurred to him. If anything, he imagines someday being a TV repair man, or an electronics engineer, but these are not the possibilities the inquiring stranger has asked of him. And so the boy sits silent, incapable of answering a question that he has never asked himself. Although he will become associated with the future—writing science fiction, building her own computer from a

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