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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Police Detection Robot  
  An automated evidence-gathering robot.  

How best to determine the guilty party in a murder? Careful examination of the murder scene is essential.

Ackers went on into the living room to watch the detectors gather up evidence. There was a vast nearsightedness to the wedge grinding ponderously across the carpet. It was scrutinizing at a microscopic level, and its field was sharply curtailed. As fast as material was obtained, it was relayed to the Interior offices, to the aggregate file banks where the civil population was represented by a series of punch cards, cross-indexed infinitely.
From The Unreconstructed M, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Science Fiction Stories in 1957
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Compare with the dustmice from Greg Bear's 1990 novel Queen of Angels .

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