Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Bill is a simple farm lad from the planet Phigineradon II, with no ambitions beyond spending the rest of his life as a technical fertilizer operator. But then he's pressed into military service and his adventure begins. Classic sf parody. Select an invention:

Personalized Fashion Display
A set of displays that show you dressed in different uniforms.

Robomule
The robotic equivalent of a mule.

Robot Bar - ancestor of R2D2
A combination bartender and bar; a robot capable of dispensing beverages.

Spatial-Postal Card
Mail from home - that hungry soldiers can also eat.

 

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