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"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
- John Brunner

Uterine Replicator  
  A device that simulates the functions of the human uterus.  

The medtech smiled sourly. "We're returning these to the senders."

Vorkosigan walked around the pallet. "Yes, but what are they?"

"All your bastards," said the medtech.

Cordelia, catching the genuine puzzlement in Vorkosigans's voice, added, "They're uterine replicators, um, Admiral. Self-contained, independently powered - they need servicing, though -"

"Every week," agreed the medtech..."

"They're all alive in there?"

"Sure. See all the green lights? Placentas and all. They float right in their amnionic sacs, just like home..."

"...Floating fetuses - babies in cans..."

From Shards of Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Published by Baen Books in 1986
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Compare to the artificial womb from Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel Brave New World and the procreative stump from Frank Herbert's 1972 novel Hellstrom's Hive.

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