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"Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have."
- Frederik Pohl

Gyroscope Seats  
  Your best bet for remaining at the right angle to the force of acceleration.  

The machine is very nearly complete now. All we need are the seats - they are to be air-inflated gyroscopically controlled seats, to make it impossible for a sudden twist of the ship to put the strain in the wrong direction...

"Captain Mason," Arcot explained to the Air Inspector, "these seats may be a bit more active than one generally expects a seat to be..."

"You'll notice that my controls and the instruments are mounted on the arm of the chair really; that permits me to maintain complete control of the ship at all times, and still permits my chair to remain perpendicular to the forces. The gyroscopes in the base here cause the entire chair to remain stable if the ship rolls, but the chair can continue to revolve around this bearing here so that we will not be forced out of our seats."

From The Black Star Passes, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1930
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Take a look at these other sfnal chairs we'd all like to sit in: the spacecraft ejection seat from Murray Leinster's 1953 novel Space Tug, the pod-chair from Jack Vance's 1954 novel The Houses of Iszm and the suspensor chairs from Frank Herbert's Dune

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