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Silas Sparkhammer
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I can't recall if I've asked this recently...

Science Fiction writer Cordwainer Smith (of whom much praise!) loved to sneak references in other languages into his stories. For instance, one of his characters was named Lord Sto Odin, which means "one hundred and one" in Russian.

In one of his stories, he refers to old Australia, which in the setting of his sf future, is largely covered with the ruins of the "Chinesian city of Aoujou Nambien."

Knowing Smith, this *must* mean something... Does anyone know?


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Then both vanish earth's dominion, man is native to the skies.

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