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"A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content."
- Theodore Sturgeon

Holomist  
  A means of projecting a commercial message onto a fine spray.  

Lilo and Vaffa moved through a maze of floating advertisements of ghostsmoke and holomist that followed the prospective customer and played breath-catching tricks with perspective, all the time broadcasting direct to the inner ear, thus evading the noise-pollution laws.

They managed to whirl out of the mainstream into a green eddy of parkland.

From The Ophiuchi Hotline, by John Varley.
Published by Quantum Science Fiction in 1977
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Take a look at this real-life technology, a waterfall display created at Carnegie Mellon:


(Water droplet display video)

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