"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
Garry left his spaceship hoping to find a missing crewman. How can you move around in airless space with nothing to push against?
Compare to the reaction pistol from Diamond Planetoid (1937) by Gordon A. Giles, the Personal Jet Thrust from Robert Heinlein's 1948 novel Space Cadet and the Electrical Tether from Garrett P. Serviss' 1898 story Edison's Conquest of Mars
'You've got remote storage. How regular is the update?'
'... setting up the same currents, the same basic ideas, in them all.'
'Slowly the [robot] horse raised its head, wiggled its ears, blinked twice, gave a tentative whinny.'
'A series of chemelectric afferent nerve-analogues, which permitted it to gauge to an ounce the amount of pressure necessary to snap a bone...'
'The structure,... was once a great homeostatic newspaper, the New York Times. It printed itself directly below us...'
'These instruments were the wonderful ones our astronomers had perfected.'
'Dew collectors,' he muttered, enchanted by the simple beauty of such a scheme.
'The glittering little rocket bolted to the black iron behind him.'
'So what we're looking for now is not an antibiotic - an anti-life drug - but an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug...'
'Any adult could punch into the phone his or her code, followed by a yes or no.'
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