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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Automated Wake-Up Call  
  A device that provides automated wake-up calls.  

I have no idea when hotels started using an automated dialer to provide wake-up calls. This one is also personalized.

Soft chimes roused Magnus Ridolph; he opened his eyes into the violet gloom of Kokod dawn. "Yes?"

The hotel circuit said, "Five o'clock, Mr. Ridolph. The first party for today's battle leaves in one hour."

From The Kokod Warriors, by Jack Vance.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1952
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