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Computers in Fiction
fictional computing in the 20th century

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Fast, Howard. The Martian Shop

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov'59 features a computer that fits in a 6 inch cube


"The adding machine was a black cube, measuring slightly more than six inches. The covering is of some as yet undetermined synthetic or plastic, inlaid with the curious hieroglyphs that have come to be known as the Martian script, the hieroglyphs in white and gold. This machine is quickly and easily adjusted or sensitized to the sound of an individual voice, and it calculates on the basis of vocal instruction."

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