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"Cyberspace is a metaphor that allows us to grasp this place where since about the time of the second world war we've increasingly done so many of the things that we think of as civilization."
- William Gibson

Depilatory Soap  
  A labor-saving combination of soap and a agent that removes hair.  

I rubbed the depilatory soap over my face and rinsed it with the trickle from the fresh-water tap. Wasteful, of course, but I could afford the cost, and salt water always leaves my face itchy.
From Gravy Planet, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by Galaxy in 1952
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Compare to the capillotomer from Beyond This Horizon (1942) by Robert Heinlein and the 'fresher from Methuselah's Children (1941) by Robert Heinlein

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