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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

Aerocycle (∆rocycle)  
  An aerial bicycle, human powered.  

See the entry for aerodromes for more details on flying machines.

∆rial navigation in 1999 was not merely confined to large express, passenger and Everybody in the Air.freight ships, but also came into general use by the public. The ∆rocycle of the twentieth century was an śrial bicycle that skimmed through the air with admirable ease, being operated like the old-fashioned bicycles suffering mortals in 1899 used to jump over hills and rough roads, straining muscle and nerve to the utmost tension, and frightening horses with their ďbicycle face.Ē


(Aerocycle from 'Looking Forward' by Arthur Bird)

Two or three of the bicycles of 1899 were kept as curiosities in a glass case in 1999 in the war department at Washington, Mexico. They were regarded as instruments of voluntary torture, relics of a species of refined barbarism. The invention of the ∆rocycle sealed the doom of bicycles

Technovelgy from Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999, by Arthur Bird.
Published by L.C. Childs & Son in 1899
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Human-powered flight is much more tiring in reality; here's a quick video showing the Gossamer Albatross crossing the channel.

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