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"I identify with the weak person; this is one reason why my fictional protagonists are essentially antiheroes."
- Philip K. Dick

Synthetic Flesh  
  Provides robots with realistic coverings, not just plastic.  

"There have been mechanicals on the market with mini-computers for brains - plastic things without life, super-toys - but we have at last found a way to link computer circuitry with synthetic flesh..."

"Our serving-man will be, in many senses, a product of the computer. Without computers, we could never have worked through the sophisticated biochemics that go into synthetic flesh."

Technovelgy from Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, by Brian Aldiss.
Published by Harper's Bazaar in 1969
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