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"As a writer, I don't want to chew my cud. I don't want to have to spit out and regurgitate the same stuff again."
- Harlan Ellison

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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