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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Virtual World Kiss  
  Kissing mediated by a computer system.  

"...like you say, we're going to have to take some chances." "Right!" she smiled and reached behind his neck to draw his face to hers. She was a very good kisser. (Not everyone was. It was one thing to just look gorgeous, and another to project and respond to the many sensory cues in something as interactive as kissing.)
Technovelgy from True Names, by Vernor Vinge.
Published by Dell Binary Star in 1981
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Compare to the virtual kiss from Poul Anderson's 1966 novel The Age of the Pussyfoot.

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