Maneki Neko by Bruce Sterling:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
"Bruce Sterling's last novel was the wonderful 'Holy File' and be reports that his next, 'Distraction' is due out later this year. Tbe following story was written in English, but it was initially translated into Japanese and published in Hayakawa S-F magazine. We’re happy now to bring to readers of English this decidedly Asian — and definitely international — tale."
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A device tied into a good will network.
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