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"In 1977, it took about eight months for a slightly faster more refined mechanism to put punk in the window of Holt Renfrew. It's gotten faster ever since."
- William Gibson

Robot Handlers  
  Small robots used in spacecraft for a variety of useful tasks.  

Small robot handlers were climbing all over the pressure crates, metal spiders no bigger than my hand, stabbing shipping labels with laser lights. I watched as they snapped lines to the pallet's air and water tanks.
From The Golden Globe, by John Varley.
Published by Ace Books in 1998
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Compare to the Earth-bound autoporter from John Brunner's 1975 novel The Shockwave Rider.

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