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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Pressurized Penthouse  
  A stratospheric perch - if buildings are tall enough, you'll need this.  

...a cluster of stratosphere-ticking towers marked the location of the metropolis NewNew York, a tender scene was being enacted in the pressurized penthouse managerial suite of Puffy Products. Megara Winterly, Secretary in Chief to the Managerial board and referred to by her underlings as the Blonde Icecycle, was dealing with the advances of Roger ("racehorse") Snedden, Assistant Secretary to the Board, and often indistinguishable from any passing office boy.

"Why don't you jump out the window, Roger, and remember to shut the airlock after you?" asked the Golden Glacier in tones not unkind.

From Bread Overhead!, by Fritz Leiber.
Published by Galaxy Science Fiction in 1958
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Don't forget that the houses of Frank Herbert's Dune all had doorseals to retain moisture within.

I'd be remiss, as a child of the Sixties, if I failed to mention the Skypad apartments of the Jetson's, which could be raised above the level of rain clouds.

(From Late Night Pool)

Compare to the needles from Sundiver (1979) by David Brin.

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