XKCD have the occasional dull or incomprehensible strip, but they make up for it with winners like this one:
If the core mode of science fiction is extrapolating current ideas into an imagined future, then quite a few people can be said to be doing it in one form or another:
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Nice subtle bit of humour from the Penny Arcade boys, there. Click through for the full-size version, and have a read around while you’re there. If you or any of your mates are serious gamer/obsessive types, you can’t fail to find a good laugh.
I’m being decidely un-writerly this evening and going out for beer and loud music. Yeah, so call my lawyer … 🙂
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