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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

'Pape Machine  
  Yet another name for the homeostatic newspaper; this one has special features including news search.  

Joe Chip takes a moment to scan the news.

Joe Chip hazily seated himself at his kitchen table, lit a cigarette and, after inserting a dime, twiddled the dial of his recently rented 'pape machine. Having a hangover, he dialed interplan news, hovered momentarily at domestic news and then selected gossip.

"Yes sir," the 'pape machine said heartily. "Gossip. Guess what Statnon Mick, the reclusive interplanetarily known speculator and financier, is up to at this very moment." Its workes whizzed and a scroll of printed matter crept from its slot; the ejected roll, a document in four colors... bounced to the floor.

From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1969
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As it turns out, the 'pape machine verbally instructs Joe that what he wanted was probably low gossip.

For more information, see the entry for homeostatic newspaper; this idea occurs in a number of Dick's stories and novels.

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