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"Beyond a thousand years from now humans are not quite recognizably human, and I have trouble finding characters."
- Larry Niven

Time Scoop  
  Retrieved objects from other points in time.  

There, beyond the steel door, was the time scoop. He recognized it at once. The mirror. The long metal rods, ending in claws. Like Berkowski's theoretical model - only this was real.


(Time Scoop from 'Paycheck' by Philip K. Dick)

From Paycheck, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Imagination in 1953
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Here's a description of what happens when it is used:

In the space above them something moved. A dark space formed, A circle. The space stirred. Kelly and Rethrick stared up, frozen.

From the dark circle a claw appeared, a metal claw, joined to a shimmering rod. The claw dropped, swinging in a wide arc. The claw swept the paper from Kelly's fingers. It hesitated for a second. Then it drew itself up again, disappearing with the paper, into the circle of black. Then, silently, the claw and the rod and the circle blanked out. There was nothing. Nothing at all.

Compare to the time dredge from Time Dredge (1942) by Robert Arthur.

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