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"Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future, things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together."
- Ray Bradbury

Syntho-Steak  
  Artificially produced meat.  

An early reference to the idea of artificial meat.

I grabbed two Syntho-Steaks out of the freezer and slapped them in quickthaw, added a big Idaho baked potato for Dad and a smaller one for me, then dug out a package of salad and let it warm naturally.
From Farmer in the Sky, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Scribners in 1950
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See also the carniculture vats from H. Beam Piper's 1962 novel Space Viking, as well as Chicken Little from Pohl and Kornbluth's novel The Space Merchants [1952]. Oh, and don't forget Pseudoflesh from Frank Herbert's Whipping Star [1969].

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