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"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
- Gregory Benford

Repair Drone  
  Autonomous robots repair damage or sabotage.  

“The architects of Freeside went to great pains to conceal the fact that the interior of the spindle is arranged with the banal precision of furniture in a hotel room. In Straylight, the hull’s inner surface is overgrown with a desperate proliferation of structures, forms flowing, interlocking, rising toward a solid core of microcircuitry, our clan’s corporate heart, a cylinder of silicon wormholed with narrow maintenance tunnels, some no wider than a man’s hand. The bright crabs burrow there, the drones, alert for micromechanical decay or sabotage.”
From Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
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Compare to the repair robot from The Invincible (1954), by Stanislaw Lem and the self-repairing robot from Accidental Flight (1952), by W.F. Wallace.

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