"If you turn away from the natural gifts that God has given you, or the universe has given you, you're going to grow old too soon."
This is a very early attempt by sf writers to give a realistic option to space explorers who were stuck in the void - what can you push against in space?
Compare with the Reaction Pistol from Gordon A. Giles 1937 story Diamond Planetoid, the Personal Jet Thrust from Robert Heinlein's 1948 novel Space Cadet and the very clever Electrical Tether from Garrett P. Serviss' 1898 story Edison's Conquest of Mars
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