I'm currently listening to Lock In by John Scazi and, as it's an audiobook (read by Wil Wheaton) I don't have access to the text.
Throughout the book so far (I'm about 1/5 through) they refer to 'threeps' (at least that's how Wil Wheaton pronounces it). It was mentioned that 'threep' was a shortened form of 'one of the most popular and lovable androids from science fiction'.
Without access to the text and any clues it can give, I'm thinking that it refers to C-3P0 from Star Wars which I seem to recall gets shortened to '3P0' - hence 'threep'.
An I correct in my assumption ?