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"I went back to science fiction to try a few experiments …and my first experiment was a disaster…"
- Alfred Bester

Crystal Corn  
  Tiny data storage crystals.  

Forrester woke up in the future, after dying in a fire. His body was burned beyond recognition, but he had been frozen until medical science advanced enough to heal the damage.

Have any improvements been made? He goes to a "book store."

I spent the afternoon in a bookstore. There were no books in it. None had been printed for nearly half a century...

The bookstore resembled, instead, an electronic laboratory. The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it... Thus all my purchases fitted into one pocket, though there must have been almost three hundred titles. My handful of crystal corn - my books.

From Return from the Stars, by Stanislaw Lem.
Published by Not known in 1961
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For another take on tiny data storage media, see the dime disk.

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