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"[Science fiction is] anything that turns you and your social context, the social you, inside out."
- Gregory Benford

Self-Selling Robot  
  A robot that sells itself.  

"Get out of here," Morris said evenly. "Get out of my house and don't come back."

"I'm not your fasrad to order around. Until you've purchased me at the regular list price, I'm responsible only to Self-Regulating Android Inc. Their instructions were to the contrary; I'm to remain with you until you buy me."

"Suppose I never buy you?" Morris demanded...

"I'll continue to remain with you," the fasrad said, "eventually you'll buy me."

From Sales Pitch, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Future Science Fiction Magazine in 1954
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