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"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Handwriter  
  A text input device implanted in your skin.  

Reporters need to keep up with the technology of the times, but not everyone does. This reporter uses one of those outmoded handwriter gadgets to get his story written.

Call me old-fashioned. I'm the only reporter I know who still uses his handwriter except to take notes…I snapped the fingers of my left hand…Three rows of four colored dots appeared on the heel of my left hand. By pressing the dots in different combinations with my fingertips I was able to write the story in shorthand, and watch the loops and lines scrawl themselves on a strip of readout skin on my wrist, just where a suicide would slash himself.
From Steel Beach, by John Varley.
Published by Ace Putnam in 1992
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