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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Helicoptomic  
  A hovering craft used by referees in rocket polo.  

Suddenly came the sound of boisterous crowds entering the stadia on the courses flanks and the referee's helicoptomic swept off, its amplification system blaring out the line-up etc.


(Gyrotomic from Ra for the Rajah)

Things moved swiftly then. Mechanics wheeled the ships out on the runway from our hangar and that of the Martians. Then we took the blue-gleaming AV ships off and up behind the blue-neoned goal, holding them motionless on white-spinning gyrovanes. The red Martian ships hovered behind the opposing goal.

The helicoptomic hung in the inter-space, the silver sphere clinging to its nose grapples. Then, siren screaming, it zoomed, abandoning the ball.

Cutting in the stern atomics, I lanced through the goal at the sphere...

I gave the boys a micro-wave pep talk. Then we went at those red devils with trick relays, counter-juggling, torque-blasting and all the tricks.

From Ra For The Rajah, by John Victor Peterson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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