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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
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Interchangeable Hands  
  Specialized manual extremities.  

From the ship stepped Palmer Eldritch.

...his right arm was artificial. Twenty years ago in a hunting accident on Callisto he had lost the original; this one was of course superior in that it provided a specialized variety of interchangeable hands. At the moment Eldritch made use of the five-finger humanoid manual extremity; except for its metallic shine it might have been organic.

From The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1965
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Compare to the specialized arms from Robert Heinlein's 1966 novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

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