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"I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled 'Science Fiction' and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Gravity Whip  
  A roller coaster designe to provide riders with a 'zero G' experience.  

If you think that roller coasters are extreme now, just wait.

Snakelike and faroff around the edge of the Park the Gravity Whip coiled, offering a total of thirty seconds of weightlessness via computer-designed parabolic arcs.
From Dream Park, by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes).
Published by Ace Books in 1981
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Here's a bit more for today's zero G roller coaster designers to think about:

"Why redo the Whip? It's still pulling 'em in."

"...We're going to rework the Whip for total Environment. Redesign the cars, add opticals, sound, texture. We've got a dozen scripts waiting for the special effects program. Think of an 'Alice in Wonderland' where the customer really falls down the rabbit hole, or a space trip where your gravity goes out at selected moments... We're working on ways to stretch that thirty seconds of free-fall time, psychologically."

Like extreme coasters? See this article on RoboCoaster G2 - Extreme Robot Roller Coaster.

Thanks to Erik Glenn for suggesting this item.

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