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"[Science fiction] has become big business, where books are merchandised and promoted and distributed and placed on sale like slabs of bacon or cans of soup."
- Frederik Pohl

Pocket Receiver  
  An early visualization of the smartphone.  

We use it today without even thinking about the efficiency and might of this great, invisible net which enlaces the globe. Whether it be in one’s Australian studio, or in a lunar observatory, or on board of an airplane – how many times has every one of us reached for our pocket receiver and called upon Trion Library central, naming the desired work which, within a second, appeared in front of us on the television screen? Nobody even ponders the fact that owing to the perfection of the devices, each Trion can be used at any time by any number of users without them disturbing one another in the least.
Technovelgy from The Magellanic Cloud, by Stanislaw Lem.
Published by Not Known in 1955
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