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"People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research. I just enjoy reading the stuff, and some of it sticks in my mind and fits into the stories."
- Frederik Pohl

Ballisticules  
  Nanotechnology devices that throw their weight around.  

See cookie-cutters for a complete entry. The name "ballisticule" is kind of interesting; the first part of the word refers to projectile motion, and the last part means small.

Technovelgy from The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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