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Pohl, Frederik. The Age of the Pussyfoot

Trident Press, N.Y., 1969A shorter version appeared in Galaxy Magazine 1965-1966


Everyone in the age of the Pussyfoot has a joymaker, a mobile terminal that is connected by radio waves to a central computer. With it one can buy things, pay things, follow the news, access libraries, telephone, receive and send messages and get job listings. The joymaker speaks and understands plain English. Pohl stated in an afterword that the inspiration for the joymaker came from MIT's Project MAC, which made available two big IBM 7094s to anyone with a remote console, a password and a telephone line.

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