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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Automated Apartment Maintenance  
  Automated devices that would oversee the maintenance of a rented apartment.  

Picking up the vidphone, he dialed 214, the extension for the maintenance circuit of the building. "Listen," he said, when the homeostatic entity answered. "I'm now in a position to divert some of my funds in the direction of settling my bill vis-a-vis your clean-up robots. I'd like them up here right now to go over my apt. I'll pay the full and entire bill when they're finished."

"Sir, you'll pay your full and entire bill before they start."

From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1969
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