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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Comlink  
  Short for communications link; a small portable communicator.  

The garbage chamber grew relentlessly smaller, the smoothly fitting metal walls moving toward one another with stolid precision...

Less than a meter of life was left to the trapped occupants of the garbage room. Luke had fallen and was lying on his side, fighting to keep his head above the rising ooze. He nearly choked on a mouthful of compressed sludge ehen his comlink began buzzing for attention.

"Threepio!"

"Are you there, sir?" the 'droid replied. "We've had some minor problems..."

"Shut up, Threepio!" Luke screamed into the unit. "And shut down all the refuse units on the detention level..."

Moments later Threepio grabbed at his head in pain as a terrific screeching and yelling sounded over the comlink.

"No, shut them all down!" he implored Artoo. "Hurry! Oh, listen to them - they're dying, Artoo! I curse this metal body of mine. I was not fast enough..."

From Star Wars, by George Lucas.
Published by Del Rey in 1976
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Term first used in Star Wars.

David Brin used this term in his 1983 novel Startide Rising:

Gillian reached for the comm link, but the carrier wave cut off before she could say another word.

See also the communications disk from Exiles of the Moon (1931) by Schachner & Zagat, the Ullran enunciator from Uller Uprising (1952) by H. Beam Piper, the sleeve communicator from First Contact (1945) by Murray Leinster.

See also the audio relay (Robert Heinlein, 1951), the distrans (Frank Herbert, 1965) and the communications implant (Niven and Pournelle, 1981).

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