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I suspect western SF writers rarely talk about implications on Stage Five demographic transition because basic requirement of western fiction is conflict, or at least problem to solve, and likely problems of Stage Five population are the kind with slow and undramatic solutions.

IOW, it makes stories difficult to write. Japanese fiction seems to be less wedded to conflict, hence it handles demographic transition more easily.

I note that varley and Robinson are friends, and often one or the other of them seems to be writing in response to the other (not that there's anything wrong with that).

In this case I believe Robinson credited Varley for the idea.

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