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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Holopad  
  A small display like an iPad that shows 3D images.  

"Well, there's no great harm done - if you follow instructions from now on. Mine and CORA's."

"CORA's?"

"Coronary alarm."

He fumbled around in his desk, and produced a large holopad. "Take your choice - here are the standard models..."

Morgan triggered the images, and regarded them with distaste.

"Where do I have to carry the thing?" he asked. "Or do you want to implant it?"

From The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Ballantine in 1978
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Compare to the newspad from Clarke's 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey and the padloid from John Varley's 1992 novelSteel Beach (which is not a display but is another clever contraction using "pad").

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