"...being predictive, being right about the future, is not the point of any given story or novel. The point is about exploring as wide a range of possibilities as possible."
This is a very early mention of the notion that, to survive in space in earth orbit, it would be necessary to take some air with you.
Compare to the air renewal system from Jules Verne's 1867 classic From the Earth to the Moon and the Air-Restorer Capsule from The Planet Strappers (1961), by Raymond Z. Gallun.
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