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"People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research. I just enjoy reading the stuff, and some of it sticks in my mind and fits into the stories."
- Frederik Pohl

Ditto Blank  
  A mentally unformed android, upon which a personality could be impressed.  

We cruised beyond the main portal, then on past sheltered loading docks, shipping machinery like freezers, imprinting units and kilns. Most of the ditto blanks that people buy are made elsewhere, but I did glimpse some specialty items as we swept by - rigid figures dimly visible inside translucent packing crates, some of them uncannily tall, or gangly, or shaped like animals out of some legend. Not everyone can handle being imprinted into a non-standard human shape, but I hear it's a growing fashion among trendsetters.
From Kiln People, by David Brin.
Published by Tor in 2002
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