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"As the rate of technological development speeds up, the gap between science fiction and what we’re living now is getting narrower all the time."
- Richard Morgan

Artificial Muscles  
  Replacement for organic muscle tissue.  

This is a very early use of this term; as far as I know, the earliest mentions of this phrase occur in engineering literature no earlier than 1972.

The artificial muscles.. which in this case are silastic and vitallium pulleys, then contract, twist, and tighten.

Your arm should have on the order of ten times the gripping and handling strength you once had.

From Cyborg, by Martin Caidin.
Published by Random House in 1972
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Compare with the 'sham musculature' from HG Wells' 1898 novel The War of the Worlds.

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