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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Placental Decanters  
  Perfect human bodies with control implants for remote use.  

Where did that girl-body come from?

P. Burke asks that too, dragging out the words.

“They grow ’em,” Joe tells her. He couldn’t care less about the flesh department. “PDs. Placental decanters. Modified embryos, see? Fit the control implants in later. Without a Remote Operator it’s just a vegetable. Look at the feet—no callus at all.” (He knows because they told him.)

“Oh ... oh, she’s incredible ...”

“Yeah, a neat job. Want to try walking-talking mode today? You’re coming on fast.”

From The Girl Who Was Plugged In, by James Tiptree, Jr..
Published by Doubleday in 1974
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Compare to wimp from Millennium (1983) by John Varley.

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