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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Antigravity  
  A force opposed to gravity.  

But the antigravity apparatus will have to be capable of generating a greater repulsive force than is required for ordinary interplanetary conditions.
From The Vanguard of Neptune, by J.M. Walsh.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1932
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Note that the idea of a force that acts in opposition to gravity can be found in the description of "apergy" found in Percy Greg's 1880 novel Across the Zodiac:

" I needed a repulsion which would act like gravitation through an indefinite distance and in a void..."

The use of antigravity is also seen in the spindizzy from James Blish's 1957 novel Cities in Flight.

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