"You have to budget the number of fuzzy rules you use to control a system. It turns out, you can state the optimality principle in three words: 'patch the bumps.'"
This is a very early attempt by sf writers to give a realistic option to space explorers who were stuck in the void - what can you push against in space?
Compare with the Reaction Pistol from Gordon A. Giles 1937 story Diamond Planetoid, the Personal Jet Thrust from Robert Heinlein's 1948 novel Space Cadet and the very clever Electrical Tether from Garrett P. Serviss' 1898 story Edison's Conquest of Mars
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'Of course not a vehicle moved by means of internal explosions of a derivative of rock oil...'
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'It extrudes material like a spider.'
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'When he had first built them, they had been crude indeed, flying mechanisms with little more than a reflex-response unit.'
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'... could seal the punctures.'
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'If you couldn't see the ads, how would you know what was fashionable?'
Testing The Single-Person Spacecraft
'...the lower part of the suit was simply a rigid cylinder.'
Shapeshifting Materials Transform By Light
'Its lines wavered, flowed, and then painfully reformed.'
Fully Automated Farm Iron Ox Hydroponics
'Had these machines in some incredible fashion been provided with brains?'
BrainNet Social Network Of Brains
'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it'
Phil Nuyttnn's City Under The Sea
'Under the lower roof there was no water, but a clear and luminous atmosphere...'
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