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"People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research. I just enjoy reading the stuff, and some of it sticks in my mind and fits into the stories."
- Frederik Pohl

Crowdcutter  
  A device worn to part crowds.  

Mishima activates her crowd cutter and it springs from its microcrimped home in the clasps on her dress, a transparent vinyl shell shaped like a shark fin that lets her scythe through the mass of people glomming toward the sign.

"Jorge!" she yells into her earpiece mic. Her vinyl wedge is pushing aside clingy couples, shoulder-hugging friends...

From Infomocracy, by Malka Older.
Published by Tor in 2016
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