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"did I had an extremely expensive wife - she would see a new car that she liked and just buy it... under California law I was bound to buy her debts. I think I turned out 16 novels in five years."
- Philip K. Dick

Skin Toning  
  Using artificial means to effect a temporary change in skin color.  

When I first read this in the sixties, I thought that skin toning was pretty far fetched and not likely to occur in the future. Then people started dying their hair purple or pink. And with the current interest in piercings and tatoos, I'm not so sure anymore...

One had dyed her hair forest green and toned her skin a delicate lettuce green. The other wore a wig of lavender metal shavings with dead-white skin toning; an elaborate cloche of silver leaves and tendrils clung to her forehead, clasped her cheeks.
From The Star King, by Jack Vance.
Published by Berkeley in 1964
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Compare to the selective melanin boosting from William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer.

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