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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Gravito-Statoscope  
  An instrument used to detect the gravitational influences on a space ship.  

Joe and Al were on their way to Pluto, and found themselves off-course. Perhaps an unknown planet has caused the deviation - better check the gravito-statoscope.

"...I've searched every direction with the gravito-statoscope, and found no evidence for any attractive force not accounted for by known bodies. You know that instrument will respond to the attraction of a grain of dust at a distance of five hundred miles."
From The Emperor of the Stars, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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