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"If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction."
- Frederik Pohl

Bubble-Gum Pylon  
  Device used to capture entire vehicles in car chases.  

Puffs of red and purple trailed the Impala as it sprinted toward freedom, belching gray smoke. It had reached thirty miles an hour when loud bangs and ear-piercing shrieks echoed between the brick buildings. Long ropes of steaming pink shot from between the buildings. Team four... had set up bubblegum pylons at the end of the block. The gum net had wrapped around the Impala, sizzling and popping. Its trailing edges grabbed at the asphalt and stuck, spinning the car around, while the span of the net slapped across the windshield and gelled to the consistency of tire rubber. The car jounced on its shocks and rolled on for fifty feet, dragging both pylons sparking and clanging down the street.
From Quantico, by Greg Bear.
Published by Vanguard in 2007
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Compare to the tanglefoot field from Robert Heinlein's novel The Star Beast.

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