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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."
- Frederik Pohl

Artiforg  
  An artificial organ kept 'on line' in the body.  

If you are a wealthy businessman like Glen Runciter, you make sure that you've got back-ups. Of everything.

Probably Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs, artificial organs grafted into place in his physiological apparatus as the genuine, original ones, failed. Medical science, he conjectured, supplies the material groundwork, and out of the authority of his mind Runciter supplies the remainder. I wonder how old he is, he wondered. Impossible any more to tell by looks, especially after ninety.
From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1969
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See this earlier use - with a slightly different spelling - from Cantata 140; artif-org.

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