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"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
- Frederik Pohl

Stim-Crib  
  A cradle that provides virtual reality experiences to tiny tots.  

When I read this, I was somewhat shocked. However, people do provide small children with access to Nintendo GameBoy...

Tommy junior thrives as his stim-crib eases him into the gaudy multi-world. He'll grow up in Chitown, and on Mars, in mythic Greece and a neolithic clan. He'll roam forests, to know what we've lost. As a teen, he'll live out fantasies lads of my time only imagined. Still, even his generation will learn to tell what's real. Reality is what still hurts when you take the suit off.
From Natulife, by David Brin.
Published by Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1994
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