"The first thing that's wrong with being a science-fiction writer today is that the present has caught up with the future and surpassed it."
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
'...half a million kilometers away, the Stardrive went on.'
'Della's first present was an imipolex sweatshirt called a heartshirt…'
'Mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...'
Dune Fans! Power Your Devices With Sweaty Shirts
Yet another power source from humans.
'All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.'
Just like capsule endoscopy, but for bigger pipes. That go underground.
'Their radars... could easily pinpoint the debris of the early Space Age.'
NanoRacks Space Station Module Concept Validated
Space junk into space architecture.
'I sent my eyes on their rounds and tended my gallery of one hundred-thirty changing pictures...'
'Books were just a commodity that had to be produced, like jam or bootlaces.'
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