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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Book-Film  
  A storage medium for books.  

"They live in an austere life. There's no holovision, I notice, and no book-films."
"I noticed one in the closet up on the shelf." Seldon reached for it, stared at the label, and then said in clear disgust, "A cookbook."
Dors held out her hand for it and manipulated the keys. It took a while, for the arrangement was not quite orthodox, but she finally managed to light up the screen and inspect the pages. She said, "There are a few recipes, but for the most part this seems to consist of philosophical essays on gastronomy."
She shut it off and turned it round and about. "It seems to be a single unit. I don't see how one would eject the microcard and insert another. --A one-book scanner. Now that's a waste."
"Maybe they think this one book-film is all anyone needs."
From Prelude to Foundation, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Doubleday in 1988
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Compare to the filmbook, minimic film and filament paper book from Frank Herbert's Dune (1965), as well as the biosoft from William Gibson's Count Zero (1986) and the speaker chips from Greg Bear's Darwin's Children (2003).

Thanks to Connor Lawrence for submitting this item.

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