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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Fruit-Picking Machine  
  An humanoid machine for automatic fruit picking.  

"There are men there!"

Not men - machines, little machines, that went from plant to plant, apparently on caterpillar tracks, cutting off the ripe fruit. We could not make out what they did with them after plucking.

From The Hidden Colony, by Otfrid von Hanstein.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1935
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