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"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Granton Motor  
  Spacecraft propulsion system based on gravital radiation.  

The author of this story presents another variation on the idea of a gravity-based propulsion system.

So they built the Granton motor... It was a beautiful little thing, though, when Granton had finished; compact and efficient, and almost indestructible. The principle of it was simple: gravital radiation.

Granton had never been able to understand why gravitation had always been called a "pull"; every phenomenon known concerning the force of gravity would fit as well into the framework of a repulsive theory. He had gone on that principle: that gravity is not a pull, but a pressure pervading all space. The Granton motor was attuned to the matter-radiations of the earth, and it was insulated against the influences of the other worlds of space. It acted as a super-transformer unit, infinitely sensitive in its receiving cells to the pressure of the earth; the result was tremendous propulsive power. In operation tests it proved to be nearly ninety-nine percent efficient - as close to perfect as any manbuilt mechanism could come; harnessed to a space ship, it would be just about the ideal thing for interplanetary travel.

From Into the Meteorite Orbit, by Frank K. Kelly.
Published by Teck Publications in 1933
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You might want to compare this pseudoscience of spacecraft propulsion with some similar gravity-related systems - apergy (1880) and Cavorite (1901).

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