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"I've got this beautiful panoramic three-dimensional painting of Mars based on Martian photos. It's 30 feet wide. You can pick out every pebble on the Martian landscape. And who'd have dreamed you could do that?"
- Arthur C. Clarke

Snake Boring Truck  
  A long thin truck like a snake, with a boring tip.  

The captain came back inside. “The snake is all loaded, sir.”

Douglas nodded curtly. “All right. You can take off with your patrol.”

The captain saluted. “Fine, sir.” He quickly disappeared through the door. Outside, he and his men climbed aboard a long thin truck, like a pipe mounted on treads. With a faint hum the truck leaped forward...

“What was that outside? That truck. Was it rocket propelled?”

“The snake? No. Turbines. Boring snout. Cuts through the debris.”

From Breakfast at Twilight, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1954
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