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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Remote-Cast Snooper  
  A small, easily concealed poison snooper.  

For those formal occasions when you can't trust someone else's snoopers (and when can you?), you would need your own tiny concealable version.

Paul saw his father in the doorway, avoided his eyes. He looked around at the clusterings of guests, the jeweled hands clutching drinks (and the unobtrusive inspections with tiny remote-cast snoopers). Seeing all the chattering faces, Paul was suddenly repelled by them.
From Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Putnam in 1965
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