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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

Barber Helmet  
  Cuts your hair quickly and efficiently.  

Maybe there are some things that are too efficient?

Afternoon found the elder Gleed restless. He couldn't feel at ease in this world of speed. His son seemed too pent up about something to enjoy his day off, so the father sought his own diversion. He found a barber shop which, he thought, would be good for an idle hour.

The barber clamped a metal helmet over his head, adjusted the numerous buttons over its surface, turned an electric switch. The surprised customer felt a momentary suction over his head; the next instant the barber removed the helmet and behold, the job was done.

"I hope I didn't detain you too long," said the barber as the door automatically opened for John. He groaned and went...

From Ben Gleed, King of Speed, by Don Wilcox.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1939
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Compare to the capillotomer from Beyond This Horizon (1942).

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