Theme Thursday 11
When I first started joining Theme Thursday, I would have to wait until the theme was announced and then try to find a fitting passage for it from my current read. These days, checking off posts as old as three years and four months, I can keep a theme in mind over several books, until I finally find something that does it justice. As I have today . . .
Lillian had been wondering why the coffee table was so bare. Now she found out. It was a tabletop, top of the line. Its screen glowed pale blue and illuminated Paul's face. He typed something on the tabletop and flipped the window to show her. "Do you have summer classes?"
It was her salary. Lillian tried to hide her surprise. "No summer classes," she said, and nodded at the figure onscreen.
The coffee table turning out to be a top-of-the-line personal computer is not just a surprise for new caregiver Lillian, but also a surprise for the reader. So this is what the future looks like! And if you've ever watched an SF movie and admired the ease with which the characters manipulated graphics on the holographic screens of their own tables, then it's nice to know that you'll be able to get one of your own in about . . . five decades. (Computation based on the novel's vague time setting.)
I can see at least one logistics problem, though. If tablets, which we can hold up at seemingly comfortable angles, are already bad for our necks, wouldn't screens that are perfectly parallel to the ground--and no higher than our knees--be even worse? Probably . . . but would the "early adopters" among us care? You just know they'd buy the first tabletops to hit the market. The rest of us would wait for the inevitable later models able to project 3D images perpendicular to the ground and at eye level. =P
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