"It's hard to tell stories about critters that are not human. John W. Campbell tried it, in "Twilight," and everybody says it's a wonderful story, and nobody ever reads it twice."
Robert F-R badly needed some maintenance work.
Compare to the rubber soled feet from Reason (1941) by Isaac Asimov and the rubber hoof from The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969) by Christopher Stasheff.
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