"I went back to science fiction to try a few experiments …and my first experiment was a disaster…"
A very useful device; some version of this is provided (usually without comment) on most sfnal spacecraft.
Compare to the artificial gravity from Last and First Men (1930) by Olaf Stapledon, and to the more practical solution - the city of space, presented by Jack Williamson in his 1931 story The Prince of Space.
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