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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Stage Balloon  
  A regular means of conveyance, like a train or carriage.  

"Then say nothing about it - if you really feel obliged, profit by my directions. A stage balloon will pass though the village in an hour, shall you be ready to avail yourselves of the opportunity?
From The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century, by Jane Webb Loudon.
Published by Not known in 1828
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Stage balloons were also used to transport objects quickly, kind of like an air-borne FedEx.

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