The Difference Dictonary

Detail of painting by Etty.William Etty (1787-1849) - English painter of luscious, sensual nudes that scandalized the Victorian public. He often chose historical or classical subjects that enabled him to depict large numbers of naked women.
Etty drawing of needlessly naked fairies

Eugenics - Eugenics, originated and named by Sir Francis Galton, aims at the genetic improvement of human beings by means of preventing the reproduction of persons of "definitely defective types" and encouraging that of "persons of sound stock." The term enjoyed great popularity among groups distributed across the political spectrum, including Soviet theorists, Italian Fascists, and German National Socialists. Since World War II, the term has fallen out of favor, but the concepts underlying eugenics continue to find proponents.
A quick history of eugenics

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The Difference Dictionary was first published
in slightly different form in Science Fiction Eye, Issue #8.
Text copyright 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003,
by Eileen K. Gunn.

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