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Electro-Binox  
  Binoculars with electronic focusing.  

I donned my gloves and mask. The latter, with its silver arabesques, makes me look like Death the Witchdoctor.

Through the electro-binox I watched another of the huge towers, in which cyborged Mexes do their mysterious work. I recalled Federico’s pantomime and the “dig and delve” chant, and I found myself shivering at being near a 40-kilometer Hole up which — my childish imagination insisted — the dragon of gravity might crawl and come to hunt me down, suck me from any hiding place and crush me flat against him.

From A Specter is Haunting Texas, by Fritz Leiber.
Published by Galaxy Publishing in 1968
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