science (fiction) marches on

Anton Sherwood (
Fri, 1 Aug 1997 00:39:16 -0700

Found in _Rogue Queen_ (1951), a novel by Sprague de Camp:

The Terrans had spread a dead leipag [native animal] out on
the ground and taken the beast thoroughly apart. ... Bloch was
removing all the muscles and organs .... Every few seconds he
stopped to dictate notes to Barbe, or to tell her to draw a
sketch or point a camera at the remains ....

If that were written after 1980, Bloch wouldn't have a human assistant:
he'd have a head-mounted camera, which responds to coded movements of
his jaw or eyelids, and a microphone feeding either an AI or a tape.

Anybody want to improve my guess of 1980 as the transition date?

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