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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Artificial Butterfly  
  A mechanical, robotic butterfly.  

In the park of the future.

He patted a dusty synthetic tree and crossed the unliving turf past holograms of swaying flowers to seat himself upon an orange plastic bench... Artificial butterflies darted along invisible beams... Concealed aerosols released the odors of flowers at regular intervals.

One of the fake butterflies passed too near, faltered and fell to the ground.

From Changeling, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace in 1980
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