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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Automated Wake-Up Call  
  A device that provides automated wake-up calls.  

I have no idea when hotels started using an automated dialer to provide wake-up calls. This one is also personalized.

Soft chimes roused Magnus Ridolph; he opened his eyes into the violet gloom of Kokod dawn. "Yes?"

The hotel circuit said, "Five o'clock, Mr. Ridolph. The first party for today's battle leaves in one hour."

From The Kokod Warriors, by Jack Vance.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1952
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