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"The way you write science fiction is: you sit down at your writing machine and you open your mind to the first thought that comes through."
- Frederik Pohl

Automated Hotel Reservation  
  A hotel that did not use clerks; a self-service hotel.  

He had not been in Waukegan for many years, since before the time of the Covenant, in fact, but he was able to locate a modest middle-priced rest house without having to draw attention to himself by asking questions. He punched the board for a standard suite, in which he refreshed himself with seven hours of welcome sleep.
Technovelgy from Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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