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"Every scientist worth his salt that I know of has read science fiction."
- Greg Bear

Bug  
  A compact vehicle for planetary surfaces - like Mercury.  

We had four Bugs, three of them the light pillow-tire models, with special lead-cooled cut-in engines when the heat set in...

I could see the Major and McIvers crawling out behind me, their pillow tires taking the rugged floor of the gorge smoothly...

Over everything was gray dust - silicates and salts, pumice and limestone and granite ash, filling crevices and declivities - offering a soft, treacherous surface for the Bug's pillow tires.


(The Bug from Brightside Crossing

From Brightside Crossing, by Alan E. Nourse.
Published by Galaxy in 1956
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