-- "Indeed, Playboy seemed to be going out of its way to provoke ill will."

-- "Of course, this is exactly what they would say if they were in fact expecting a meteor, and hoping to distract Americans from demanding spaces on the escape rockets they were secretly constructing with the money they told us was being used to fix the website."

-- "It will be the first time that American legislators hear direct testimony from civilian victims of a drone strike."

-- "David Birnbaum is a prominent figure in the New York jewel trade, a private seller of high-carat diamonds and other rare gems, with a clientele that has included celebrities – Goldie Hawn, James Gandolfini – but consists mainly of the anonymous super-rich. For some time now, aided by his wealth, Birnbaum has been on an altogether different mission: to convince the world he has made an astonishing breakthrough in philosophy."

-- "That makes calculating interest rates hard, since savers could pay starship captains to carry them forward in time, to reap the benefits of centuries of accumulated interest."