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"I was involved in a cloning project. .. to send me into outer space along with a lot of other people. Not the whole me - just a hair from my head, while I still had some. I would thus pop up in another galaxy in the distant future."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Fruit-Picking Machine  
  An humanoid machine for automatic fruit picking.  

"There are men there!"

Not men - machines, little machines, that went from plant to plant, apparently on caterpillar tracks, cutting off the ripe fruit. We could not make out what they did with them after plucking.

From The Hidden Colony, by Otfrid von Hanstein.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1935
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