"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
The idea of a pushpot is really cool; instead of having a few enormous rocket engines, use a lot of small boosters.
The idea of a pushpot derives from the "jato" units described in the quote. Jet-assisted take-off (JATO) units are basically solid-fuel rockets that can be strapped or bolted onto a plane to give it extra boost for take-off. I don't know how long they've been around, but they certainly antedated this novel.
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