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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Robotic Conductor  
  A robot charged with conductor's duties aboard a bus or other public transportation.  

The robot conductor was coming toward him, whirring angrily.

"Sir -" the conductor began. The bus was slowing down. "Sir, it is not allowed - "

He reached into this pocket and brought out the bus token. He put it calmly into the conductor's coin slot... The conductor turned away, its whirrs subsiding.

From Paycheck, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Imagination in 1953
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