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

Centipede  
  Perfect craft for crawling through slushy, frozen lakes - on Titan.  

Ishida glides past me. "Maybe we'll ride centipede together," she says. I can see it. A great big machine, bronze-colored and round-headed, big slit-port for an eye, with a thick, muscular body and a long crawling tail - machine or monster?
From Killing Titan, by Greg Bear.
Published by Orbit in 2015
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Compare to the centipede-machine from Monsters of Mars (1931) by Edmond Hamilton, the robass from The Quest for Saint Aquin (1951) by Anthony Boucher and the walking fort from The Killing Machine (1964) by Jack Vance.

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