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"It was [H.G. Wells'] adolescent fiction, his imaginative stories, that live forever - and yet are not acknowledged in literature classes as being great literature. So to hell with the academics!"
- Greg Bear

Virtuality Helmet ('Virching' Helmet)  
  A helmet with a communication system and a display; a pilot wearing this helmet could sit on the ground and control a distant aircraft.  

"Where's the instrument panel?" Alex said.

"It's in the virching helmet," Peter said. "Do you do virtuality?"

"Sure. Doesn't everybody?"

"...take good care of this virching helmet, because it's worth twice as much as the aircraft."

He methodically adjusted the virtuality helmet's interior webbing for Alex's narrow skull, then set and wiggled it onto Alex's head. It felt like having one's head firmly inserted into a lightweight plastic bowling ball. "Now see, if you want a naked-eyeball look, the faceplate just hinges up like this..."

Rick turned the helmet on, and Alex was rewarded with a meaningless pull-down menu of virtual instrumentation across the upper rim of his faceplate.

From Heavy Weather, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Bantam in 1994
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