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Grill-Screen Adaptor  
  Approved General Electronics Corporation solution for bomb shelters, in response to Soviet bore-pellets.  

You've just bought the latest in bomb-shelter designs, and now, at last, your family is going to be safe when they drop the Big One. But wait - what's that I hear about Soviet bore-pellets?

"...They’re going to put some kind of metal grill on the market, as soon as the government approves it. They spread it over the ground and it intercepts the bore-pellets. It screens them, makes them explode on the surface, so they can’t burrow down to the shelter.”

"How much?”

“They didn’t say.”

The GEC grill-screen adaptors were a sensation.

Mike Foster walked slowly along the crowd-packed December street, through the late-afternoon twilight. Adaptors glittered in every store window. All shapes and sizes, for every kind of shelter. All prices, for every pocketbook. The crowds of people were gay and excited...

Technovelgy from Foster, You're Dead, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Star Science Fiction Stories in 1955
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