The Head Librarian conducted the tour for the new intern with perfunctory boredom. The girl was rapt. The Great Library was overwhelming, But the last room was something altogether different.
Rows of desks housed brass display terminals, each with a typewriter-like keyboard underneath. In the room’s center, a knobby iron sphere sat humming in a tangle of wires and tubes.
“What’s that?” She asked breathlessly.
“This is the Comprehensive Encyclopedic Engine. It communicates with the Central Information Hub and can answer any question. It will be your job to make sure the homeless guys aren’t looking up porn on it.”

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