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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Robot Waiter  
  Robotic restaurant servitor.  

An early use of this phrase.

e sat, Eric Bolton and I, at a parapet table atop the 200-story General Aviation Building. The efficient robot waiter of the Sky Club had cleared away the remnants of an epicurean meal. Only a bowl of golden fruit remained—globes of nectar picked in the citrus groves of California that morning.
From The Death Cloud, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Astounding Stories in 1931
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