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"I never saw why I had to give up science in order to write, or the other way around, so I didn't!"
- Gregory Benford

Robant Bill Collector  
  A robot designed to collect overdue bills, no matter what.  

"Say, Mr. Sweetscent! Just a moment, sir!" The twangy - and highly repellent - voice of a robant; Eric stopped reluctantly and now the thing coasted up to him, all arms and legs flapping energetically. "Mr. Sweetscent of Tijuana Fur and Dye Corporation?"

"I have a bill..." it whipped out a folded white slip from its metal pouch. "Your wife, Mrs. Katherine Sweetscent, charged this three months ago on her Dreamland Happy Times For All account... I regret delaying you but it is, ahem, illegal." It eyed him alertly.

From Now Wait For Last Year, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1966
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The term "robant" refers to a mechanism that is capable of completely autonomous activity.

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