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"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
- Greg Bear

Diptray  
  A hovering tray of drinks, used for parties.  

...I paused to grab a rum-and-other from the Diptray which had followed overhead until I could bear its anguish no longer, and had finally pressed the acorn which hung at the end of its tail. At this, it had dipped obligingly, smiled open, and revealed the treasures of its frosty interior.

"Ah, joy. Buy you a drink, Phil?"

Technovelgy from This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace Science Fiction in 1966
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