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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Automated Hotel Reservation  
  A hotel that did not use clerks; a self-service hotel.  

He had not been in Waukegan for many years, since before the time of the Covenant, in fact, but he was able to locate a modest middle-priced rest house without having to draw attention to himself by asking questions. He punched the board for a standard suite, in which he refreshed himself with seven hours of welcome sleep.
From Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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