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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Fluid Metal Letters  
  A smooth metal display able to display words.  

Vulcan 3 was aware of him. Across the vast impersonal face of metal an acknowledgment gleamed, a ribbon of fluid letters that appeared briefly and then vanished.
From Vulcan's Hammer, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1960
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Compare to the metal foil advertisement from Ray Bradbury's 1951 story The Illustrated Man. I also thought of the view plate from Philip Frances Nowlan's 1928 story Armageddon: 2419 A.D., which itself recalls the earliest form of television, a rotating disk of metal.

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