"As opposed to illiteracy, where you can't read, aliteracy means that you can but you just can't be bothered. They say aliteracy is on the rise these days."
Compare to magnetized boots from Manly Wade Wellman's 1941 story Lost Rocket, the magnetic shoes from Murray Leinster's 1953 novel Space Tug and the grip shoes from the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
'You've got remote storage. How regular is the update?'
'... setting up the same currents, the same basic ideas, in them all.'
'Slowly the [robot] horse raised its head, wiggled its ears, blinked twice, gave a tentative whinny.'
'A series of chemelectric afferent nerve-analogues, which permitted it to gauge to an ounce the amount of pressure necessary to snap a bone...'
'The structure,... was once a great homeostatic newspaper, the New York Times. It printed itself directly below us...'
'These instruments were the wonderful ones our astronomers had perfected.'
'Dew collectors,' he muttered, enchanted by the simple beauty of such a scheme.
'The glittering little rocket bolted to the black iron behind him.'
'So what we're looking for now is not an antibiotic - an anti-life drug - but an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug...'
'Any adult could punch into the phone his or her code, followed by a yes or no.'
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