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"...a market economy is essentially a genetic algorithm for solving resource allocation problems..."
- Charles Stross

Vaporator  
  A device which extracted moisture from the air for use in farming.  

Life was tough under the double suns of Tatooine; just getting the water you needed was a struggle.

Despite the glare, life could and did exist in the flatlands formed by long-evaporated sea beds. One thing made it possible: the reintroduction of water.

For human purposes, however, the water of Tatooine was only marginally accessible. The atmosphere yielded its moisture with reluctance. It had to be coaxed down out of the hard blue sky -- coaxed, forced, yanked down to the parched surface.

Two figures whose concern was obtaining that moisture were standing on the slight rise of one of those inhospitable flats. One of the pair was stiff and metallic -- a sand pitted vaporator sunk securely through sand and into deeper rock. The figure next to it was a good deal more animated, though no less sun weathered.


(Moisture Vaporator from Star Wars)

Luke Skywalker was twice the age of the 10-year-old vaporator, but much less secure. At the moment he was swearing softly at a recalcitrant valve adjuster on the temperamental device.

From Star Wars, by George Lucas.
Published by Del Rey in 1976
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See also the dew collector from Frank Herbert's Dune.

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