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"I am first of all not a science fiction writer Ö I write, I suppose, what the Latin Americans call magic realism."
- Harlan Ellison

Nearleather  
  Fake leather.  

Tesla had to replace the leather seat in my car. I asked the mechanic if the replacement seat was leather. He said it was called "leather".

The floodlights werenít on, the robot dog was silent and there was no life in his vinyl eyes. The gates had swung open a few feet. Iíd been prepared to try to gimmick the alarm system and pick any locks I ran into. I had a brown nearleather attache case under my arm. I didnít need it. I walked through the gates.

The mist fell and rolled, thickening. Far away, back on the highway, a diesel truck groaned by. Passing the mechanical watch dog, I brushed against him...

Technovelgy from What's Become of Screwloose?, by Ron Goulart.
Published by Worlds of IF in 1970
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It's not leather. But you nearly can't tell.

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