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"Science fiction is what scientists would do if they could - if they had enough grant money, enough time, and enough brains to do the wonderful things they would like to do."
- Greg Bear

Browser Paper  
  A paper-thin computer display.  

In this not-do-distant future novel, browser paper is retro tech.

This family was effectively illiterate. Sure, Miri bragged that many books were visible any time you wanted to see them, but that was a half truth. The browser paper that Reed had given him could be used to find books online, but reading them on that single piece of foolscap was a tedious desecration.

It was remarkable foolscap, though. It really did support teleconferencing: Dr. Aquino and the remote therapists were not just invisible voices anymore. And the web browser was much like the ones he remembered, even though many sites couldn't be displayed properly.

From Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge.
Published by Tor in 2006
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For similar references and news items related to this topic, take a look at the entries for the interactive map from Lem's 1961 novel Return from the Stars, the runcible from Stephenson's 1995 novel The Diamond Age and see it visualized in the E-paper newspaper from Stephen Spielbergs 2002 film Minority Report.

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