The Argushiigi Admegulasha Bilanidin, which in Vilani means literally the "Vilani Repository of All Knowledge," is a major scientific institution located on the world of Vland. The extensive AAB facilities include a vast museum, a library, and several research centers and publishing houses. Not only does the AAB collect samples, specimens, and recorded materials from all over explored space, it also publishes an abridged 15 holocrystal encyclopedia set of its extensive data files. Known simply as "The Encyclopedia," the set contains the equivalent of 7500 extensively illustrated volumes, yet it can easily fit into a large pocket.

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