"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
Compare to the artificial gravity from Brigands of the Moon (1930 - likely the first reference) by Ray Cummings, the artificial gravity system from Last and First Men (1930) by Olaf Stapledon and the city of space from The Prince of Space (1931) by Jack Williamson. You might also check out Artificial Gravity-Assisted Childbirth from Robert Heinlein's 1973 opus Time Enough for Love.
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