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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Automatic Delivery Library  
  A library able to deliver any volume within a few moments.  

Everyone with piles of books around the house would really like to have one of these.

"Knock you cold? Kidnap you? Circus costume?" repeated the dictator, with a puzzled expression. "I do not know those words. They have a very queer antique sound. If you will excuse me, I shall investigate."

While his visitors looked on with wide, gaping eyes he pressed a lettered button that stood with hundreds of others on a dial at one end of the room. A few seconds passed in silence; then a panel on the wall rattled open, and a huge volume slid in through a pneumatic tube and arranged itself neatly on a table.

"This dictionary isn't exactly up-to-the-minute," remarked Spratt, as he thumbed through the thousands of pages. "It dates back to the late twenty-four twenties. ... Ah, here we are. 'Kidnap. Obsolete. To steal bodily. Refers to a barbarous practice of the Ages of Confusion, no case of which has been known for over three hundred years."

From The Lord of Tranerica, by Stanton A. Coblentz.
Published by Dynamic Science Stories in 1939
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Compare to the universal dictionary from The Star Beast (1954) by Robert Heinlein and the robot librarian filer from The Robot Who Wanted to Know (1962) by Harry Harrison.

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