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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Internal Body Power Pack  
  A tiny battery used to power implants.  

Gulliver Foyle was an exceptional man, but a series of operations made him even more remarkable.

He stripped and examined his body. He was in magnificent condition, but his skin still showed delicate silver seams in a network from neck to ankles... The silver seams were the scars of an operation that had not yet faded.

That operation had cost Foyle a Cr200,000 bribe to the Chief Surgeon of the Mars Commando Brigade and had transformed him into an extraordinary fighting machine. Every nerve plexus had been rewired, microscopic transistors and transformers had been buried in muscle and bone, a minute platinum outlet showed at the base of his spine. To this Foyle affixed a power pack the size of a pea and switched it on. His body began an internal electronic vibration that was almost mechanical...

From The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester.
Published by Berkley in 1956
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