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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Crystal Cylinder Ship  
  A transparent space ship in the shape of a cylinder.  

Winifred gasped, and the professor gave a grunt of astonishment. Grant and I could only stare. Could that be a dirigible balloon, that vast thing looming there before us? Something scuttled across the rocks behind me with a metallic scratching. I whirled about and stared. Nothing could be seen in the darkness. Abruptly a brilliant glow burst from the massive thing before us as lights inside it were snapped on, revealing a long, vast, glittering cylinder of transparent crystal.

It lay horizontally in the air, like a vast zeppelin with one end touching our hilltop beside the building. An entrance port in the bow stood open...

(The cylindrical crystal ship)

Everything outside was plainly visible to us through the transparent walls, even the laboratory building forward, and the night sky back of it with its paling stars. Only the inner portion of the cylinder, which extended its full length, was opaque, veiled by smoky-hued crystal.

From The Three Suns of Ev, by Edwin K. Sloat.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1933
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Here's a taste of life inside a transparent ship:

Crimson light that streamed back from the bow of the space ship claimed my attention. I stared and gasped in admiration. Lying far ahead of us in the void was a brilliant, crimson sun that shot its fiery streamers far into space. It was stupendous, overpowering. In what portion of the heavens could there be such a star?

Compare to the transparent spherical ship from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).

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