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"Everything starts as somebody's daydream. And, when you're daydreaming, it is science fiction. It's when you start work out how you put it together, true science fiction becomes real science."
- Larry Niven

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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