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"Writing about the future, I have a vested interest in there being a future for me to write about."
- John Brunner

Swiss  
  A small piece of personal gear that combines a great many items in a single device.  

"What's a swiss?" said Barencoin.

"Very old, very valuable. A cylinder about as long as your hand, and it's got all these parts that fold out of it: adapters, data storage, netlinks, ultrasound probe, you name it. And a dinky little display screen that pops up in a frame.

Barencoin simply raised his eyebrows and said nothing. Antiques used casually prompted a little suspicion in the ranks. Everything they carried or wore was disposable, thin film, quick dry, organic tech, recyclable. Unnecessary luxury smacked of old money and wardroom snobbery.

From City of Pearl, by Karen Traviss.
Published by HarperCollins in 2004
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