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"It was [H.G. Wells'] adolescent fiction, his imaginative stories, that live forever - and yet are not acknowledged in literature classes as being great literature. So to hell with the academics!"
- Greg Bear

Moddy  
  A plug-in personality module; a firmware device that gives the user the personality desired - ROM to your brain's RAM.  

This device is different than a microsoft, or a chip with a specific skill. It seems to impart not merely information, but an emotional bias that colors the movements, intonation and every other nuance of behavior.

"My name is Bond," said the guy. "James Bond." As if there could be any doubt.

"He's wearing a James Bond module. Thinks he's James Bond. He'll be pulling that trick all night, until someone raps him down and pops the moddy out of his head.

From When Gravity Fails, by George Alec Effinger.
Published by Arbor House in 1987
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Nice piece of humor; you can imagine the variations.

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