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"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
- Isaac Asimov

Smart Dust  
  Very tiny computers.  

Lem imagines that computers can be no larger than tiny grains of sand; a desert becomes a massively parallel-processing computer system.

"The desert on our planet is in reality no desert, but a Gigagnostotron, in other words a good 10^9 times more powerful than this primitive device of yours. Our ancestors created it for the simple reason that anything else would have been too easy for them; in their megalomania they thought to make the very sand beneath their feet intelligent..."
From The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age, by Stanislaw Lem.
Published by Unknown in 1965
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Compare to the ultraminiature spy circuit from The Unknown by Christoper Anvil.

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