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"Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful."
- Philip K. Dick

Test Box  
  A remote-controlled device for capturing small objects from open space.  

...Dumar released the torpedo-like test box through the small airlock fashioned for that purpose. It was controlled by radio so it kept pace with our ship as its door hung open like the jaw of a monster of the deep, waiting for some hapless victim to swim into its maw. A swarm of the staring, unblinking lights closed about it as though to examine it. Dummy's great finger swooped won upon a key of the small control box held in his hand. The door of the transparent test box flew shut but there was nothing held within it.
From The Devil's Pocket, by F.E. Hardart.
Published by Astonishing Stories in 1940
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