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"If you have a gut response to a story, you are not responding to something new ..you are really responding to a story you were told when you were six or sevenů"
- Samuel R. Delany

Desk Secretary  
  A desk with a computerized secretary built into it.  

I opened the door of my office. On the door, neat Anglic script said:

Roald Vincent
Assistant
OUT

That last word modified itself to read IN as the secretary built into my desk recognized me. I sat down and asked what I had on hand from yesterday. My own voice came back to me from the tapes...

From The Long Result, by John Brunner.
Published by Ballantine Books in 1963
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Compare to the autobutle from The Godmakers (1972) by Frank Herbert.

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