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"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
- Isaac Asimov

Ballisticules  
  Nanotechnology devices that throw their weight around.  

See cookie-cutters for a complete entry. The name "ballisticule" is kind of interesting; the first part of the word refers to projectile motion, and the last part means small.

From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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