"Modern science fiction is the only form of literature that consistently considers the nature of the changes that face us, the possible consequences, and the possible solutions."
In the novel, space craft do not have any means of propulsion other than selectively shielding against gravity. You don't want to get hung up on the neutral point!
Compare this idea to the discussion of weightlessness in Jules Verne's 1867 novel From te Earth to the Moon.
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