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"...the space defense initiative drove the USSR bankrupt, and it originated at my house in Tarzana."
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Rom (Robot Operated Missiles)  
  Intercontinental robotic weapons.  

Douglas halted at the front door. “Last night was the worst rom attack so far. They hit this whole area.”

“Rom?”

“Robot operated missiles. The Soviets are systematically destroying continental America, mile by mile. Roms are cheap. They make them by the million and fire them off. The whole process is automatic. Robot factories turn them out and fire them at us. Last night they came over here — waves of them. This morning the patrol came in and found nothing. Except you, of course.”

From Breakfast at Twilight, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1954
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