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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Seed Bomb  
  A tiny explosive that can be embedded under the skin.  

"This little bomb is the size of a seed," Alys said. "And it's embedded, like a tick, in your skin. Normally, even if you knew it was there someplace on you, you still could never find it. But I borrowed this from the academy." She held up a tube like light. "This glows when you get it near a seed bomb." She began at once, efficiently and nearly professionally, to move the light across his body.

At his left wrist the light glowed.

"I also have the kit they use to remove a seed bomb," Alys said... And then - it lay in her hand. As she had said, the size of a seed.

From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1974
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Compare to cookie-cutters from Neal Stephenson's 1995 novel The Diamond Age.

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