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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Automated Hotel Reservation  
  A hotel that did not use clerks; a self-service hotel.  

He had not been in Waukegan for many years, since before the time of the Covenant, in fact, but he was able to locate a modest middle-priced rest house without having to draw attention to himself by asking questions. He punched the board for a standard suite, in which he refreshed himself with seven hours of welcome sleep.
From Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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