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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

Stim-Crib  
  A cradle that provides virtual reality experiences to tiny tots.  

When I read this, I was somewhat shocked. However, people do provide small children with access to Nintendo GameBoy...

Tommy junior thrives as his stim-crib eases him into the gaudy multi-world. He'll grow up in Chitown, and on Mars, in mythic Greece and a neolithic clan. He'll roam forests, to know what we've lost. As a teen, he'll live out fantasies lads of my time only imagined. Still, even his generation will learn to tell what's real. Reality is what still hurts when you take the suit off.
From Natulife, by David Brin.
Published by Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1994
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