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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Whoopee Drive  
  Spacecraft propulsion.  

The room was brightly illuminated and its bulk-heads were painted stark white in contrast to the rest of the ship, which had been painted various colors and pattern according to the whims of former skippers. Toward the rear, two pits contained the lower halves of the main thrusters. Between them was slung the tapering cone of the whoopee drive.
Technovelgy from Space Angel, by John Maddox Roberts.
Published by Ballantine in 1979
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