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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Voice Encyclopedia  
  Access to information via robotic voice recognition over the phone.  

Going to the phone he dialed the encyclopedia number.

"Good evening," a robotic voice said. "What info do you require, sir or madam?"

Joe said, "Give me a brief description of the social development on Sirius five."

Without the passing of even a tenth of a second the artificial voice said, "It is an ancient society…"

From Galactic Pot-Healer, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Berkley Publishing in 1969
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Compare to the universal dictionary from Robert Heinlein's still-enjoyable juvenile novel The Star Beast.

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