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"We are all repositories for genetically-encoded information that we're all spreading back and forth amongst each other, all the time. We're just lousy with information."
- Neal Stephenson

Squib  
  A simple form of ground transportation.  

Nick got her into the squib, ran around to the driver's side, slid in behind the tiller. He started up the motor...

Pressing down on the power knob, Nick took off; the squib, old and battered as it was, had a well souped-up motor which Zeta had built himself; he had modified every moving part. So, in his own squib, Danny would never catch him. Unless of course, Denny had souped up his own squib.

From Our Friends From Frolix 8, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Publishing in 1970
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Dick also refers to these small, consumer vehicles as "short-hop squibs".

Compare to the groundcar from Galactic Patrol (1937) by EE Doc Smith and the gyro-stabilized two-wheeled ground car from First Lensman (1950) by Doc Smith.

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