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"The trouble with too much genre SF is that it's so obviously the product of the conscious mind."
- William Gibson

Metal Desk Car  
  A combination work desk and vehicle for librarians and researchers; part desk part carnival ride.  

No area is too small - make it more efficient!

The research workers rode up and down among the walls of books and filing cabinets in little metal desk cars, like marbles chasing through an upright maze.

The eager King of Speed donned a brain stimulator, glanced at his assignments, mounted a car, sailed up the wall, and delved into the cases.

Charged with hope, he zipped from stack to stack...

...Although the wall-scaling mechanisms were replete with safety devices, Ben, in a burst of energy following his exercise, found the weak link. Sliding into his desk car, he jammed at a lever, snapped it off clean. With a whiz he rocketed up toward the lofty ceiling too fast, flew the vertical tracks, and plummeted to the floor, car and all.

From Ben Gleed, King of Speed, by Don Wilcox.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1939
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Read about the desk personal computer from Ender's Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card and the desk secretary from The Long Result (1963) by John Brunner.

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