Back in the 1920s, the great Jazz Age writer F. Scott Fitzgerald published a story titled The Diamond as Big as the Ritz — the Ritz-Carlton hotel, that is, which even in those pre-high-rise days was a pretty hefty chunk of real estate. Fitzgerald wasn’t a science-fiction writer, so he didn’t have to explain how such a thing could possibly exist. Lucky thing too since it couldn’t. Not on earth, anyway.
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