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Which Chesterton story is alluded to in Childhood's End?

In ‘The Purple Wig’ (published in The Pall Mall Magazine, May 1913, and collected in The Wisdom of Father Brown, 1914), the narrator, Francis Finn, a freelance reporter, is investigating a legend ...
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What did Arthur C Clarke mean when he described the builders of Comarre as being the "Decadents"?

The meaning of “Decadents” is explained early in the story, where Clarke outlines the future history: The effect [of thinking machines] on human affairs was immense, and men reacted to the new ...
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When is the story of Dolphin Island set?

Early 21st century, probably the first half of the 2010s. There's a few pieces of information scattered through the novel which allow us to pin down the approximate time period in which it must be set....
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Where is Dolphin Island?

In the Great Barrier Reef, 100 miles east of Queensland, Australia. Dolphin Island isn't so oceanic as I'd thought - it's pretty close (at least by Pacific Ocean standards of closeness) to the ...
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