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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Iron Inlay Plates  
  Works perfectly with an electromagnetic table to maintain place settings.  

In his 1929 story The Shot into Infinity, Otto Willi Gail identifies a problem with the electric kitchen and cooking in space - floating plates!

...Inge had endeavored to serve as hostess, though not without some trouble in accustoming herself to the condition of weightlessness. To be sure, there was no need to worry about breaking dishes or glasses. If they were dropped, they remained floating freely in the air of the room and could only be held fast by the electromagnetic table top because of their iron inlays.
From A Daring Trip To Mars, by Max Valier.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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The food, of course, was another matter:

Unfortunately the magnetism could not be extended to the food and drink. The morsels had actually to be juggled, in order to get them to the mouth.

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