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Matter Duplicator  
  Makes a perfect copy of any material object.  

Very early use of concept and name.

“Kingman, what do you hope to gain?”


(Matter Duplicator from 'Pandora's Millions' by George O. Smith)

Kingman leaned back in his chair and put both feet on the desk. “I don’t mind telling you,” he said, gloatingly. “Venus Equilateral is going to have the name of having invented and developed the matter transmitter and matter duplicator. That’s fine. It will carry quite an honor, that reputation, up to the time that the big crash comes, when people realize that they’re being trapped. Terran Electric, selling duplicators for home use at a song, will emerge as the savior of mankind. All I’m going to gain out of this is security for Mark Kingman and a big, black eye for Venus Equilateral.”

Don Channing swore. He stood up. “You fool,” he snapped, “you blind, bigoted fool. A little cooperation on your part would save a lot of trouble, but you prefer to let a petty quarrel ruin the entire economic system immediately.

Technovelgy from Pandora's Millions, by George O. Smith.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1945
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