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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Dime Disk  
  A very small data storage medium.  

I just liked the phrase; maybe I'm a sucker for alliteration. When this book was written, storage discs the size of a dime were still a dream.

"What have you got for us?"

I showed them my dime disk. "Took me less than a week...We may have lost some of the military vocations over the centuries. We'll have to reinvent them. This is just a first cut."

Anton set a dime disk next to mine, and a small projector. "Mine's nearly full..."

We watched stills and flat motion pictures of weapons and tools in action.

From The Best of all Possible Wars, by Larry Niven.
Published by Baen Books in 1998
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Now, of course, you can get compact flash hard disks; I think the actual size of the disk is between a dime and a quarter. IBM makes compact flash drives that hold up to one gigabyte.

Toshiba makes a "nickel-sized" hard drive - read the Science Fiction in the News Story Toshiba 0.85 Inch Diameter Hard Drive for more info.

From the short story "Madness Has Its Place" by Larry Niven.

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