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"This category [science fiction] excludes rocket ships that make U-turns, serpent men of Neptune that lust after human maidens, and stories by authors who flunked their Boy Scout merit badge tests in descriptive astronomy."
- Robert Heinlein

Rescue Nets  
  Nets raised around the circumference of a vast air transport.  

“Can you manage to get into port. No. 12?” he asked.

“I doubt it, sir!” the man wheezed, still coughing: “She's settling forward now, and she’s likely to plunge at any moment! Can you take on my crew?”

“All right!” Captain Markson returned, scowling: “I’ll do it! We’ll spread nets on our hull top, and lay-to right under you in one minute! I’ll take the chance with my own passengers for humanity’s sake! ’Chute your men through the safety tube and I’ll catch ’em in the nets. Hurry!”

The skipped yelled an unintelligible something, as the screen died. Captain Markson grabbed a telephone and yelled into it.

“Raise the rescue nets!” he bellowed: “And stand by for further orders!”


(Rescue nets from 'Flight of the Eastern Star' by Ed Earl Repp)

He hissed an order to the pilots; the Eastern Star edged into position under the rolling freighter and halted presently, laid-to. I glanced upward. Almost at once I saw a long string of rapidly falling dots. Then the nearest had his plunge checked, as a gossamer-white balloon of silk opened; then another bulged, and another. The crew was on its way downward. I wondered if they would land safely on the broad hull of the Eastern Star. There appeared to be no wind now, and they floated lightly straight down.

Technovelgy from Flight of the Eastern Star, by Ed Earl Repp.
Published by Air Wonder Stories in 1929
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