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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Wire-Gun  
  Device that aids movement in microgravity.  

"A handheld device which helps humans get around in zero-gravity environments like spacecraft hangars and space colony docks. The wire-gun launches a powerful magnet attached to a wire cable, which anchors the user in place and can be rewound to pull him to his destination. This device can also be used to establish a contact link for voice communication."
From Mobile Suit Gundam, by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Published by Sunrise in 1979
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This fictional device continues the long line of original contributions made by writers to the ""getting around in zero gee" category. Compare the wire-gun to the electrical 'tether' from the 1898 story Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss and the broomstick from Arthur C. Clarke's 1952 novel Islands in the Sky.

Thanks to Gatomon41 for contributing this item.

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