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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

Auto-Seal  
  Automatically deployed cover for power outlets; instant child-proofing.  

The auto-seals had clicked across the power sockets; no child had ever lived here, but it was against the law for any socket not to be auto-sealed when the appliance connected to it was removed.
From Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner.
Published by Del Rey in 1968
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