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"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
- Frederik Pohl

Ballisticules  
  Nanotechnology devices that throw their weight around.  

See cookie-cutters for a complete entry. The name "ballisticule" is kind of interesting; the first part of the word refers to projectile motion, and the last part means small.

From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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